The Missouri State cross-country team took second out of 15 at the J.K. Gold Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7, in its second meet of the season. 

“As a whole, today was a better showing for us,” head coach Jordan Fife said in a release. “The team was able to execute the race plan very well, and it allowed them to work together through the tough parts of the race.”

In the past two years of attending the meet, Missouri State has fallen short, placing third out of three in 2018 and fourth out of four in 2017. 

The Bears fell 21 points behind host Wichita State in the 4-kilometer race, but paced three top-10 individual finishers. 

Erica Wollmering led Missouri State with a seventh-place finish and a time of 14:38.1. The senior set a new personal best for the 4k by one second. 

Junior Grace Breiten came up right behind Wollmering, earning eighth with a time of 14:38.3, while sophomore Edna Dar placed ninth with a time of 14:49.7. 

The Bears picked up two more top-15 finishes, as sophomore Adyson Delaney placed 13th with a 15:04.7 personal best. 

Junior Shelby Palmer followed in 14th place, running a personal best time of 15:09.2. 

Missouri State is back in action at the Missouri Southern Stampede on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Joplin, Missouri. 

Last season, the Bears placed second out of 32 at the 5-kilometer race.

Claire began as a sports reporter for The Standard in March of 2018. She covers football, baseball, and basketball. Claire is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Communication Studies with a double minor in Journalism and Marketing.