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Cross Country Runs at NCAA Regional

Nov. 13, 2004

NCAA South Central Regional Results
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WACO, Texas-The Baylor women's cross country team raced to a third place finish while the men's team finished seventh in the NCAA South Central Regional raced today at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

"I am extremely proud of the way both teams ran today," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Each runner on the women's side set personal records and the men's team ran as well as they have all year."

Brittany Brockman led the way for the Baylor women as the sophomore raced to a third-place finish as she automatically qualified to run as an individual at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Her time of 20:44 over the 6,000-meter course placed her behind only Mary Kinyanjui of TCU and Karin vonRooyen of SMU in the race for the individual title.

Monique Ortega and Jessa Chance also had strong runs for the Bears as Ortega finished 12th with a time of 21:08 while Chance raced to an 18th-place finish with a time of 21:25.

Lyndsy Bedell and Allisa McKaig rounded out the scoring for Baylor as Bedell finished 23rd with a time of 21:37 while McKaig finished 25th with a time of 21:41.

It was impressive performances by Baylor's top five runners as each were named to the NCAA All-South Central Regional team with the results.

Lauren Hagans and Brittany McGuire also ran for Baylor on the day as each turned in personal records over the 6,000-meter course. Hagans finished 26th with a time of 21:46 while McGuire finished 31st with a time of 21:55.

SMU took home the team title with Arkansas finishing in second. Although the Baylor women fell one spot short of automatically qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the third-place finish means the Bears are eligible for one of the 13 at-large spots to be announced on Monday, Nov. 15.

Led by Bo Price the Baylor's men's team raced to a seventh-place finish. Price raced to a 12th-place finish in a time of 30:39 over the 10,000-meter course. His performance earned the junior all-region honors as he fell just one spot short of an individual berth into the NCAA championship.

Baylor earned three other top-40 finishes at the meet as Cody Wells, Jason Baker and Chris Vidrine each were among the first 40 to finish.

Wells finished in 37th with a time of 31:41 with Baker just behind in 38th with a time of 31:42. Vidrine finished in 40th with his time of 31:45 over the 10,000-meter course.

Joel Sartain rounded out the scoring for Baylor as he finished in 46th-place with his time of 32:08.

Arkansas finished in first on the men's side as Texas finished second to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Price will learn whether or not he earned an at-large berth into the championships when the individual field is announced on Monday.

Should the Baylor women's team earn a berth into the national meet, the Bears will run on Monday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind.



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