A former Missouri State track athlete runs around the track at Allison South Stadium. 

It was not the ideal end to your season. The Missouri State track and field team was about to start the last day of the NCAA preliminary qualifiers in an attempt to get into the nationwide tournament when positive COVID-19 test results among the team’s Tier 1 personnel, which consists of athletes, coaches and staff, appeared.

As a result the team withdrew from the tournament and ended their season early.

“To be one day away from finishing things and not get that chance just really hurts,” head coach Jordan Fife said. “I know our athletes are heartbroken and I feel for them. We had such a unique, yet rewarding season and I know the team is as equally excited as I am to build off our success this year.”

The team’s success included a fourth place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and a third place finish at the Joey Haines Invitational on the Southeast Missouri State University Campus. The team’s indoor season will begin in January 2022 with the outdoor season starting in April.

The cross-country team also ran into a worse-than-expected end to its season with a sixth place finish at the MVC championship meet. MSU only placed higher than two teams, and Loyola-Chicago took first.

The low finish was a result of injuries and illnesses the team ran into during the spring, Fife said.

In the fall the team won the Little Rock Open meet, and placed seventh out of 14 teams at a meet at Oklahoma State University. The team will likely compete at more events in the 2021-22 season.


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