Missouri cross country travels to Arkansas

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri cross country team travels to Arkansas on Friday for its first away meet of the season.

"We are just going down and treating it more as a rust-buster meet," coach Joe Lynn said. "This week has all been about just getting our routine down and how it's going to be the week that we travel to a meet."

The meet is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. with Missouri Southern joining Southeastern Conference foes Missouri and Arkansas.

Missouri's women's team will be without junior Liz Reida as she recovers from injury.

Men's senior Hayden Legg said he thinks the focus of the meet is to keep a routine.

"The main goal is for the team to run consistent and stay as a pack," Legg said. "It's a really low-key meet. … The main goal is just to have a main pack running together and finish well at the end."

Lynn said the team's depth of talent, because of its youth, will make an impact on the season.

"Depth is good in the sense that we have a lot of athletes that can contribute," Lynn said. "At the same time, we still have to perform at a high level. It's just so early in the year that we don't want to completely go to the well yet."

Lynn hopes that the depth of both the men's and women's teams will propel the program back to where it used to be when they competed in the Big 12 and were nationally ranked.

"It will help us get back to where we were a couple years ago as a team," Lynn said.  "Hopefully in a few weeks, as we add a few more runners into the mix from both sides, we will be even better yet."

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