Joseph Giron battles the heat and takes 179th out of 261 runners. 

The Missouri Western Men’s Cross Country team competed in the Missouri Southern State University Stampede in Joplin, Missouri on Sep 17. The men showed out over this past weekend, placing 6th out of 13 teams and over 5 Griffons shattered their personal record times for this event.

The MSSU Southern Stampede running event has been occurring for the past 33 years. The course is set up to be 8k. An 8k is equivalent to 4.97 miles. 

Last year at the Southern Stampede, Missouri Western finished 14th out of the 21 teams. Mason Orschlen finished in 63rd place. The Freshman earned 59 points to set up the Griffons to finish 14th. 

It was a hot day in Southern Missouri, with a high of 92 degrees. The Griffons are very familiar with the course at Missouri Southern. The Griffons have run the course for the past three years. 

The Griffon’s took 6th place out of 20 teams at the MSSU Southern Stampede. The men ran the fastest team average in school history. This was a huge improvement from last year where the Griffons took 14th out of 21 teams. 

The Missouri Western men were more than ready to compete. 9 of the 14 runners recorded their personal best’s. The Griffons were led by Junior, Peter Cuddy. Cuddy came in 20th place with a time of 25:18, which is the fastest time ever run by a Griffon.

Other Griffons who ran well were Sophomore Kayden Crigger came in 24th place with a time of 25:28. Senior Riley Gorham tied his personal record with a time of 25:43, placing 39th. Junior Ethan Messenbrink broke his personal best with a time of 26 minutes, where he placed 51st. 

The Missouri Western Men’s Cross Country team will be back in action on September 30th in Columbia, Missouri for the Gans Creek Classic hosted by the University of Missouri. In 2021, the Griffons finished just behind Central Missouri because of Freshman Tyler Blay. Blay finished 10th with a time of 2:13:59 in the 8k race.

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