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By: Harry Loomis

With one week before a home race, the Missouri Western cross country team enjoyed a record breaking meet at the Southern Stampede.

Both of the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Joplin, Missouri, for the Southern Stampede hosted by Missouri Southern State. They both enjoyed successful meets with some personal records by members of both teams.The men’s team finished 10th out of the 27 schools that placed with a score of 308, while the women’s team placed 14th out of 29 schools with a score of 404. 

Freshman Ian Kibet led the team with a 28th-place finish, coming in with a time of 25:56, breaking the school record for the 8K.  

Kibet took more joy out of the team’s success than his own personal success.  

“There were a lot of personal records,” Kibet said.  “I think that’s good for the team.

Kibet was followed by Andrew Wright, who ran a 26:05, Riley Gorham at 26:37, Brandon Colner at 27:17 and James Ziesmer at 27:21. Wright and Larkin each earned their own personal best times.

The women’s team placed 14th out of 29 schools with a score of 404. Their team was led by junior Megan Gillen who placed 22nd with a time of 18:14 in women’s 5K, which was another school record.

Gillen was also happy with the whole team’s effort.  

“It was a perfect day to run, and I think everyone used that to their advantage,” Gillen said. 

Coming in behind Gillen was Claire Reddy running a 19:10, Mackenzie Miller running a 19:36, Kelsey Cox running a 19:52 and Paige Kvale came in at 20:19. Personal records were broken by Reddy, Miller and Ashley Clay.

Coach Cody Ingold was also happy with how his runners performed.  

“The results showed we ran really well compared to last year,” Ingold said. “It was a good meet.”

The next race on Saturday is an important one on the team’s schedule due to it is being ran here at Missouri Western. With a home race comes expectation and pressure to do well, but for Ingold, he treats it like just another race.

“We’ve done some workouts on the course,” Ingold said. “Nothing really changes.”

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