Sept. 15, 2012
The Missouri State cross country squad took second place at the Richard Clark Invitational on a rainy, chilly and muddy Saturday morning in Springfield, Mo.
"At first, I was scared because I thought we might have to cancel the meet," cross country head coach Alick Musukuma said. "These girls are tough to run in this rain."
In a race that featured 85 runners, senior Emily Beaver and junior Erin Edwards led the way for the Bears. Beaver claimed second place in the 5K with a time of 18:26, while Edwards wasn't far behind and finished fifth in 18:44.
Junior Lisa Imgrund ran the 5K in 19:27 and placed 16th. Freshman Taeler Marshall claimed 26th place (19:53) in her first college 5K event, while freshmen Tenaly Smith (20:42) and Mackenzie Weis (20:44) finished 44th and 46th, respectively. Junior Nicole Thate followed her freshmen teammates in 48th place with a time of 20:46, and freshman Kathleen Norman crossed the finish line in 22:01, good for 71st place.
Musukuma said he had a simple message for his team: Make a good impression at the team's home course.
"The first advice I gave them was that this is our home meet, and so many people who know what cross country is about will be here to see them run for the first time," he said. "So I wanted our team to do the best they could."
Missouri State will return to action on Sept. 29 at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The meet will begin at 8 a.m.