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Cross Country Takes Third at Paul Short Invitational

Erin Bedell finished fourth overall at the Paul Short Invitational.

Erin Bedell finished fourth overall at the Paul Short Invitational.

Oct. 3, 2008

LEHIGH, Pa. - The No. 16 Baylor women's cross country team finished third overall at the Paul Short Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Ninth-ranked West Virginia won the team title with 47 team points, while West Virginia's Marie-Louise Asselin won the individual title. Villanova finished second with 78 places, while the Lady Bears took third with 94 points.

Erin Bedell finished fourth overall with a time of 20:07, the fastest-time ever for a Baylor runner over a 6K course. Nichole Jones took sixth overall with a time of 20:13. Jones' time was also faster than the previous Baylor record.

"We had a great day today," said head coach Todd Harbour. "To have two runners go faster than anyone else in school history is a pretty big accomplishment. We knew that we would be tested here today and I thought that we responded really well."

The Bears average time of 20:48 ranks as the fastest team average time for a 6K course in Baylor history.

Danielle Bradley finished 13th overall with a time of 20:44, while Jessi Barnes and Renae Van Wyhe took 35th and 36th, respectively.

"All of our runners performed well today," said Harbour. "We have never had an average time under 21 minutes, so that that is a great accomplishment."

The junior varsity team also had a strong showing as the Lady Bears claimed five of the top eight spots. Leigh Ann Ganzar took third overall in the race. Cate Westenhover finished fourth, while Kristen Hanselka took fifth.

"I am really proud of our JV runners," said Harbour. "They ran really well and finished well as a group. They didn't have team standings in the JV race, but our ladies ran very hard."



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