Missouri women's cross country opens season

Friday, August 30, 2013 | 11:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — On the Missouri women's cross country team roster, one thing is obvious: This team is young.

Fifteen of the 27 athletes are true freshmen. Still, second-year head coach Joe Lynn thinks the strength lies in the youth of the team, he said in a news release.

"Even though we've only been together for three weeks, it's pretty clear that (this freshman class) is a very talented group who has meshed well with our returning ladies, which is always important," Lynn said. "They're definitely going to fill in some gaps that we've had, along with adding some major depth to the program, which is always important."

Lone senior Marie O'Leary, juniors Liz Reida, Courtney Brown, Maria Effinger and Landon Wachter, and sophomores Sam Garrett, Brianna Westervelt, Morgan Nelson and Jasmine Webb were noted as key returning athletes.

Missouri began its season Friday afternoon with the Missouri Open and next takes on Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. 

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