Missouri women's cross country jumps in regional rankings

Monday, October 21, 2013 | 8:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri women's cross country team received the No. 4 ranking for the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Regional.

Missouri's women were unranked in the previous poll released Oct. 7, but that changed after Saturday's success at the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Ill. 

The Tigers finished first defeating fellow Midwest Region teams Bradley, Wichita State and St. Louis. This is the highest ranking the women have received since 2011 when they ended the season at No. 5. 

Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer placed third overall and was the first Tiger to finish the race. Junior Liz Reida finished sixth, freshman Nicole Mello 16th, junior Courtney Brown 21st and freshman Kaelyn Balch 26th. All twelve Missouri runners finished in the top 60. 

The Missouri men finished 31st in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. The men maintained its No. 7 Midwest Regional ranking. 

Missouri sophomore Tyler Schneider led the Tigers in Madison running the 8-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 16 seconds to finish 87th. He was followed by teammates Hayden Legg (92nd, 24:18); Sam Dickerson (152nd, 24:38); T.J. Carey (158th, 24:40); Kenny Cushing (170th, 24:43); Evan Chiplock (175th, 24:45); and Jordan Cook (219th, 25:07).

Both the men's and women's teams are scheduled to compete in the St. Louis Fall Cross Country Classic on Saturday.

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