XC's Westenhover, Bennett Earn NCAA Bid

Nov. 13, 2010

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WACO, Texas
– Baylor’s Cate Westhenhover and Robyn Bennett each turned in all-region performances at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday to earn a berth into the NCAA Championships.

Baylor’s Katie Shaw earned all-region honors along with Westenhover and Bennett to help Baylor’s women to a fourth-place team finish, just six points behind third-place Arkansas. Texas took the overall women’s title with 42 points, while Rice was second at 73, both earning an automatic team bid to nationals.

On the men’s side, Robbie Knorr earned all-region honors to help Baylor to a fourth-place team finish with 151 points. Arkansas (30) and Texas (66) earned the automatic team bids while Lamar was third at 102 points.

“I was extremely proud of the way both teams battled today,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “We showed lots of heart today, and it’s a good note to end the season on for everybody except Cate and Robyn, who get to run at nationals.”

Individually, it was Westenhover and Bennett who turned in the performances of the day. Despite the BU women missing a berth as a team, the duo stayed with the leaders to earn one of four individual NCAA berths available. Westenhover stayed in the top five for nearly the entire race, finishing in fourth-place to earn all-region honors for the second year in a row with a personal-best time of 20:29.2.

Bennett, a freshman, held strong on a small pack right behind the leaders, used a strong finish to earn a seventh-place finish and all-region honors in the first regional meet of her career. The Australia native covered the course in 20:46.7.

“Cate and Robyn both ran incredibly well today,” Harbour said. “They both knew what they needed to do to advance and went out and did it.”

Shaw also finished in the top-25 for the women to earn her first all-region honor in 24th place with a time of 21:20.6. Samantha Patty placed 36th (21:33.2) and Kristen Hanselka was 37th (21:34.5) to round out the top five scorers for Baylor.

After narrowly missing all-region honors last season, Knorr earned the all-region honor this season with an 18th-place finish in a time of 30:57.3. Brandon White and Ben Haby finished 33rd and 34th with a time of 31:22.9 and 31:23.4. Zac Flowers was the fourth Bear across the line in 38th at 31:32.0, while Brandon Reed was 42nd at 31:36.9.

Westenhover and Bennett will compete in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., beginning at 10:45 a.m.



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