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Cross Country Finishes Strong at Rice Invitational

Junior Debbie Thornhill finished 37 seconds ahead of the field Friday night in winning her first race with the Baylor cross country program.

Junior Debbie Thornhill finished 37 seconds ahead of the field Friday night in winning her first race with the Baylor cross country program.

Sept. 14, 2002

HOUSTON, Texas - Bo Price and Debbie Thornhill both posted first-place finishes here early Saturday morning as Baylor concluded a strong showing at the 28th annual Rice Invitational.

The women, as a team, finished first with a total time of 1:11:21, 26 seconds ahead of runner up Rice. The men finished second with a total time of 1:34:13, just three seconds behind Sam Houston State.

Price ran the men's 6k in a time of 18 minutes, 3 seconds; he was one of three Bears to place in the top 10. Rob Morrow, a freshman from Grapevine, Texas, finished second at 18:14. Sam Bernal finished seventh at 18:39. Baylor also got strong outings from Nick Davenport (14th, 19:04) and Robert Harris (35th, 20:13).

Thornhill, a junior transfer from North Texas, dominated the women's field by winning the 4,100 meter run by 29 seconds. She finished the run in 13:35, teammates Megan McCoin (2nd, 14:04) and Leah Marbach (3rd 14:12) finished second and third, respectively.

In all, Baylor placed six women in the top 30. Katherine Duncan finished 18th (15:07), Anna Kaczmarek was 22nd (15:12), and Stephanie Bennett was 28th (15:19).

Sophomore Lindsey Price finished 33rd (15:39) and freshman April Hurst finished 37th (15:59)

Both teams return to action in one week when the Bears host the Baylor Invitational.

 

 

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