Sept. 1, 2012
The Missouri State cross country squad posted a strong showing Saturday morning at the Hurricane Festival in Tulsa, Okla., the team's first meet of the year. Three Bears runners finished among the top 20 participants and the team went 3-2 in dual-meet competition.
Cross country head coach Alick Musukuma said he was pleased with the squad's initial performance.
"Knowing that this was our first meet after summer, I was impressed," Musukuma said. "My number-one thing is that they continue to work hard and be healthy by conference."
Erin Edwards posted MSU's best individual time of the day, as the junior from Kansas City ran the two-mile race in 11:34, which was good for ninth place overall. Senior Emily Beaver wasn't far behind with an 11th-place finish in 11:42, while junior Lisa Imgrund rounded out MSU's top-20 finishers in 18th place with a time of 12:12. Freshman Taeler Marshall crossed the finish line in 22nd place with a time of 12:25 in her first collegiate meet. Fellow freshmen Tenaly Smith and Mackenzie Weis finished 24th and 26th, respectively. Cross country newcomer Althia Maximilien also finished in the top-30 with a 28th-place finish in 12:55.
The freshmen are still learning how to prepare themselves for this level, but displayed a lot of drive, Musukuma said.
"They really showed their toughness," he said. "I saw that they can compete."
In duals, Missouri State bested Oklahoma (28-31), John Brown (15-50), and Northwestern State (17-46). The Bears fell to Oklahoma State (16-44) and Tulsa (21-37).
The Bears will return to action Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. in Springfield at the Richard Clark Invitational.