Nov. 15, 2003
WACO, Texas - The Baylor cross country teams hosted the 2003 NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The Arkansas men took their 15th-consecutive title, beating second place finisher Texas A&M 54-73. In the women's race, the Texas women won their first regional title since 1988 by edging out Baylor 66-68. All four teams earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 24 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Individually, Texas' Paul Morrison took the men's race, running the 10,000-meter course in 29:43. Last year's winner, Arkansas' Alistair Cragg placed 2nd in 30:08. Also earning individual bids to the national title race were Westly Keating (3rd; 30:13) of Texas-Pan American, Michael Thompson (4th; 30:17) of Stephen F. Austin and Dalibor Balgac (6th, 30:27) of SMU.
TCU's Nary Kinyanjui won the women's 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:44. She earned a trip to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Other individual qualifiers were SMU's Karin van Rooyen, last year's regional champion (2nd; 20:49), Ami Butler (3rd; 20:57) of TCU and Katherine Gorry (4th; 20:59) of Rice.
The young Baylor women's team earned their first automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships since the 1998 season with a second place finish today, just two points behind Texas. Sophomore Lisa Cornelius led the Bears in 7th place with a time of 21:18. Sophomore Angela Marvin was right behind her in 8th place (21:23). Two freshmen, Brittany Brockman (21:39) and Monique Ortega (21:41), placed 14th and 15th, respectively. Senior Erin Dixon (22:18) completed the Bears' scoring in 30th place overall. Cornelius, Marvin, Brockman and Ortega earned All-South Central Region honors, the most-ever Baylor runners named all-region.
"I'm so proud of this young team," said head coach Todd Harbour. "You're happy that you're going to nationals, but you want to win it. It was a great team effort, we're young, we made mistakes early in the race that cost us, but you've got to give credit to Texas for running a great race."
The men's squad closed the season with a seventh place finish. Sophomore Bo Price paced the Bears with a 21st-place finish with a time of 31:38. Senior Matt Chance covered the course in 32:00, good for 29th, Kyle King, a senior, finished 44th (32:30), sophomore Cody Wells was 66th (33:26) and sophomore Rob Morrow was 71st (33:37).
"The conditions for today's race were perfect," said Harbour. "The weather was great and the course was in great shape. We want to thank Cottonwood Creek Golf Course and the City of Waco for their support of this regional."