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Debbie Thornhill Takes Fourth at Big 12 Meet

Senior Debbie Thornhill took fourth at the Big 12 Championships.

Senior Debbie Thornhill took fourth at the Big 12 Championships.

Nov. 2, 2002

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Debbie Thornhill, a transfer from North Texas who won three Sun Belt Conference titles, lead the Bears with a fourth place finish at the Big 12 Conference Championships today in Columbia, Mo. She recorded a time of 20:54.44 in the 6,000-meter race, finishing just shy of three runners from Colorado.

Thornhill lead the Baylor women's squad to a fifth place finish. They accumulated a total of 136 points. With a total of 148 points, the men's squad took sixth place.

Freshman Angela Marvin, who earned Big 12 Runner of the Week honors earlier this season, also recorded a Top 20 finish for the Bears. She took 16th place with a time of 21:31.77. Senior Leah Marbach (22:03.44) and sophomore Jessa Vacek (22:04.16) finished 31st and 32nd, respectively. Rounding out the scoring for Baylor was senior Stephanie Bennett who took 55th place with a time of 22:57.38. Ana Kaczmarek (63rd; 23:23.77), Megan McCoin (68th; 23:36.85), Katherine Duncan (70th; 23:42.02) and Emily Bonilla (77th; 24:10.46) also ran for the Bears.

Leading the way for the men was junior Kyle King. With a time of 24:42.84 on the 8,000-meter course, King took 17th place. Finishing seconds behind was junior Matt Chance. He finished 21st overall with a time of 24:49.11. Freshman Rob Morrow finished 30th with a time of 24:57.57. Fellow newcomer Bo Price recorded a time of 25:10.66 to take 38th place. Also scoring for the Bears was sophomore Sam Bernal. With a time of 25:21.89, he took 44th place. Nick Davenport (51st; 25:29.15) and Cody Wells (73rd; 26:17.45) also competed for Baylor.

 

 

Colorado swept the team titles scoring just 25 points in the men's race and 34 points in the women's race. Texas (90), Texas A&M (114), Oklahoma State (132) and Iowa State (141) rounded out the top five in the men's race. On the women's side, Colorado was followed by Missouri (107), Texas (109) and Texas A&M (125).

The Bears will have two weeks to prepare to host the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas.

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