Nov. 10, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
Nichole Jones placed second overall and three Lady Bears earned all-region honors as the Baylor women's cross country team placed third overall at the 2007 NCAA South Central Regional at Agri Park. The men's cross country team finished sixth overall, led by Jacob Jones in 32nd place.
"I am extremely proud of our men's and women's teams today," said head coach Todd Harbour. "This was our best effort of the year and if we don't receive an at-large bid to nationals, then this was a great way for both teams to end the season."
Jones took second with a time of 20:45.5 over the 6K course. SMU's Silje Fjortoft won the race with a time of 20:34.2. Lauren Hagans finished seventh and Jessi Barnes took 20th to earn all-region honors.
"We almost got there, but Arkansas ran really well today," said Harbour. "We put together our best race of the season but we came up just a little bit short. I think that we could have had a good showing at nationals, but just couldn't take care of getting us there."
Jacob Jones finished in 31:25.7 over the 10K course to place 32nd overall, while Robbie Knorr was just behind in 34th at 31:27.9. Ben Haby placed 36th overall and Jeff Sadler took 52nd. Jordan Hiller scored in fifth for the Bears with a 63rd-place finish.
"Our guys just had a great effort today," said Harbour. "We were disappointed with how we ran at the Big 12 Championships, so we were excited for how we finished today. Our men were ranked ninth in the region and finished sixth, so that is a good improvement. I think that their running really inspired our ladies' team."
The Lady Bears' third place finish is one spot out of automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Baylor will wait until tomorrow afternoon to await the possibility of an at-large bid. Nichole Jones earns an automatic individual berth by placing in the top four overall.
The 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Indiana State on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.