Niggeman returns for Lions’ biggest test of season

Jeremy Thomas


Missouri Southern was able to beat out three Division-I teams at last week’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree. 

The team placed sixth among the Division-II teams, resulting in a No. 16 finish out of 28 teams. 

“I felt the team competed considerably well, given that it was virtually the first big meet of the season for us,” Head Coach Tom Rutledge said. 

The Lions’ young standout, freshman Eric Schott, led the way at the meet, finishing the course in 25:40.51. 

Fellow freshman Andrew Webster finished with a time of 25:49.55, while veteran Jake Benton would finish in a time of 25:59.31.

“Eric, Andrew and Jake are coming along strong, I’m very pleased at how they are looking so far,” Rutledge said. 

Junior Nick Niggeman had been held out with an injury this season, but was able to run his first meet last week.

Niggeman finished in a time of 26:50.16. 

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow, as they travel to Rolla to compete in the Missouri S&T Jackling Jocks invitational.