Missouri cross country runner advances to NCAA Championships

Friday, November 15, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. CST

The Missouri men's and women's cross country teams competed in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday in Ames, Iowa. 

The men's season came to an end with an 8th place overall finish. Senior Hayden Legg led the way for the men, finishing 22nd with a time of 31 minutes. 

"Going into the season I knew I could finish that high," Legg said. "I just got in the front and just put myself in a good position early on."

Freshman T.J. Carey came in second for the Tigers, 14 seconds behind Legg with a time of 31:14 and 36th overall. Redshirt freshman Drew White finished 47th overall with a time of 31:22. Junior Sam Dickerson rounded out the scoring runners, coming in 54th with a time of 31:31. 

On the women's side, it was, again, freshman Kaitlyn Fischer leading the team. Fischer and Carey were named SEC Freshmen of the Year last week in Gainesville, Fla. 

Fischer finished the course with a time of 20:26. Freshman Nicole Mello and junior Courtney Brown finished almost simultaneously, with times of 21:44.6 and 21:44.7, respectively, in the 56th and 57th spots. Junior Liz Reida finished 62nd overall, with a time of 21:47. 

The team finished sixth overall. With Fischer's sixth place overall finish, she advances as the lone competitor for the Tigers at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

"It will be very different because there won't be that team atmosphere," Fischer said.

Although Fischer's teammates will not be competing, some will be traveling to support the freshman. 

 "It will be pretty competitive," Fischer said.  "A lot of good people that I have read about and are like my idols will be there. Honestly, since its the first time, I am going to use this as experience because there are so many great people."

Supervising editor is Nina Pantic.

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