Women's XC Shooting for No. 8
3:03 P.M., TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
Head cross country and track and field coach Todd Harbour knows a thing or two about consistency. He helped lead the Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay team to 42 consecutive victories, including five consecuitive national championships in the event from 2007 into 2009. Meanwhile, another streak (which started in 2003 and is currently alive) will be on the line on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional, hosted by Baylor at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
Baylor's women's cross country team has earned seven consecutive berths into the NCAA Championships, and will be looking for one of two automatic berths available this weekend. This year will mark the seventh time in eight seasons that Baylor has hosted the regional meet at Cottonwood Creek GC, finishing second six times and third twice.
The current streak of seven straight appearances ranks sixth nationally among active streaks of continuous NCAA Championship participation. The Baylor women rank behind only Providence (21), Stanford (17), Arizona State (12), Michigan State (9) and Michigan (8). Unlike many other collegiate sports which feature 64 or more programs in NCAA Championship events, just 31 of the 331 women's cross country programs in the NCAA earn a berth into the championships.
Harbour has been able to assemble these championhip-caliber teams with a multitude talented distance runners. Two-time cross country All-American Erin Bedell helped Baylor to two of the three top-20 team finishes during the streak, competing in the NCAA Championships four times. Along with Bedell, Lauren Hagans and Brittany Brockman each earned All-America honors in cross country, while contributors Nichole Jones, Danielle Bradley and Lyndsy Bedell each earned All-America honors in track.
List of active streaks in the NCAA XC Championships.