Lady Bears finish 19th as a team in first trip to national meet since 2009.
Lady Bears returning to national meet for first time since 2009.
Lady Bears have four runners earn All-Region honors.
Bears look to place into top two spots to advance to nationals.
Men's, women's athletes in action on Saturday in Kansas.
2013 Cross Country: Participated in five meets, racking up two scoring performances...Had season-high finish of 13th in season-best 4K-time of 14:13.4 at Bear Twilight Invitational...Was BU's fourth runner to finish at Iowa Black & Gold Invite by taking 17th in 14:39.25 over 4,000-meter course...Tallied 266th-place finish at Pre-National Invitational to be fifth Lady Bear to finish in 6K-time of 22:32.87...Had season-best 6,000-meter time (22:01.30) to be 45th at Big 12 Championships.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in track and cross country at Roswell High School (Ga.)...Owns the school record in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:15.47 in 2013...Named to the 2011 and 2012 All-Metro cross country teams...Helped the Hornets to a regional title in 2012, while finishing as region's runner up in 2011 and 2013...Member of school-record holding 4x800-meter relay team...Posted personal-bests of 5:09.75 (1,600), 10:43.51 (3,000) and 11:15.47 (3,200).
Personal: Full name is Peyton Alexandria Thomas...Born Aug. 9, 1995 in Birmingham, Ala...Parents are Dwight Thomas and Alesia Booth...Has one sister, Bianca...Cousin, Chris Thomas, is a basketball player from Notre Dame, who is currently playing overseas...Major is undecided.