Cross Country Heads to Roy Griak Invitational

Sept. 23, 2005

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WACO, Texas-The Baylor cross country team continues the 2005 season as the Bears travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to run in the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. The men will run an 8,000-meter race beginning at 11:20 a.m. with the women to run a 6,000-meter race at 12:10 p.m.

"Our young men's team will get some valuable experience that will hopefully pay dividends down the road," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Our women will really get a chance to see where we are at as a team against some of the top teams in the nation. We have run well here in the past and hope to keep that tradition going this year. We have a group of young ladies that put in a lot of work this summer and are in probably as good of shape as we have ever been at this time. "

On the women's side, in addition to No. 20 Baylor, the meet features 11 of the top 30 teams in the country, including 2004 national runner-up Providence. The Baylor women enter the meet after posting a perfect score in claiming the Texas A&M Invitational.

Baylor is led by junior Brittany Brockman, who has claimed individual titles in both races this season. For her performance at the Texas A&M Invitational, Brockman was named Big 12 Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Jacob Jones leads a young men's squad into the Roy Griak Invitational. The sophomore has crossed the line first for the Bears in both races this season after finishing 11th at the Texas A&M Invitational. Freshman Jordan Hiller also had a strong showing at the Texas A&M Invitational, finishing in 21st.

Last year at the Roy Griak Invitational, the Baylor women ran to a fourth-place finish while the men finished 14th.

Baylor women's cross country runner Brittany Brockman was named Big 12 Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week for her performance at the Texas A&M Invitational the conference office announced. Brockman finished first at the Texas A&M Invitational and earned her second career conference runner of the week honor.

Brockman captured her fourth career title and led the No. 24 Baylor cross country team to a perfect score finish at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. A junior from Houston, Texas, she finished the 5,000-meter course in a time of 16:45, 12 seconds ahead of teammate Erin Bedell. The victory was the second consecutive of the year for Brockman.

Sophomore Lauren Hagans picked up her first career title after teaming with Brittany Brockman to win the Bear Relays. Hagans held off Erin Bedell at the finish by less than a second to claim her first career individual title.

Hagans used the momentum from the victory to have another strong showing at the Texas A&M Invitational. The sophomore finished third at the meet after posting a time of 17:21 on the 5,000-meter course.

Sophomore Lyndsy Bedell and freshman Erin Bedell form a formative family duo for the Baylor cross country team as the two sisters from Plano, Texas, look to play an important role on this year's version of the Baylor cross country team. In their latest race, Erin Bedell finished second at the Texas A&M Invitational while Lyndsy Bedell finished just behind in fourth place.

Lyndsy Bedell found success in her first year as a Baylor runner and is looking for a strong showing throughout the 2005 season. As a freshman, Lyndsy was an all-region selection after finishing 23rd at the NCAA South Central Region Cross Country Championships last season in a career best time of 21:37 over the 6,000-meter course. In addition, Lyndsy claimed two top-ten finishes a year ago, placing third at the Bear Relays while finishing ninth at the North Texas Opener.

Erin Bedell enters her freshman year as one of the most heralded cross country athletes to enter the Baylor cross country program. In high school, Bedell racked up and extensive list of athletic honors, including being named the Texas Girls' Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year her senior year. The freshman claimed the Texas state individual title in the 1,600-meters her junior and senior year and holds the state record in the event with a time of 4:43.58. This past summer, Bedell helped lead the Metroplex Striders to the national cross country championship and finished 28th at the IAAF Junior World Cross Country Championships in France.

Bo Price AND Rob Morrow TO REDSHIRT DURING 2005
With an abundance of freshman leading the 2005 men's cross country team, head coach Todd Harbour has decided to redshirt seniors Bo Price and Rob Morrow. Running unattached at the Texas A&M Invitational, Price captured the individual title as Morrow finished in second-place.

Price and Morrow have earned an extensive list of honors throughout their careers and the redshirt season should help make the men's team a force in the Big 12 Conference throughout the 2006 season. Price, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., is a two-time all-conference selection and earned all-conference and all-region selections a year ago.

Morrow, who missed most of last season with an injury, will return in 2006 for his senior season. After scoring for Baylor in every meet as a sophomore in 2004, Morrow raced to two top-ten finishes in 2005 before being sidelined by an injury for the rest of the season. The native of Grapevine, Texas, is a three-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

With so many new faces on the Baylor men's cross country team during the 2005 season, it is no surprise the newcomers helped lead the men's squad at the Texas A&M Invitational. Freshman Jordan Hiller had the strongest showing at the Texas A&M Invitational, finishing in 21st-place.

In addition to Hiller, several other newcomers had strong showings at the Texas A&M Invitational. Rey Hinojosa raced to a 22nd-place finish at the meet as freshman John Wenhold earned a 25th-place finish to help lead the Baylor men to a third-place finish at the meet.

With Bo Price and Rob Morrow redshirting during the 2005 season, much of the leadership on this year's squad could fall on the shoulders of sophomore Jacob Jones. Jones, a native of Willis, Texas, is off to a fast start during the 2005 season, crossing the line first for Baylor in both races. At the Texas A&M Invitational, Jones led the way for Baylor, finishing in 11th-place with a time of 25:30 on the 8,000-meter course.

Last season, Jones ran in four races for Baylor including appearances at the Roy Griak Invitational and the Big 12 Cross Country Championships. In 2004, Jones finished third at the Bear Relays and ran to an 11th-place finish at the Mean Green Opener.

For the first time in school history, Baylor University will host the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, hosting the event on Friday, Oct. 28, at the new Bear Run Cross Country Course. Not only does the event mark the first time Baylor will host the championships; but, this year marks the 10th year of the event after the Big 12 Conference was formed in 1996.

Colorado is the defending men's and women's team champion after sweeping the title last season. Last year, Baylor earned a fourth-place finish on the women's side while the men finished seventh.

New to the Baylor cross country team during the 2005 season is the newly created Bear Run Cross Country Course, which will host the 2005 Big 12 Cross Country Championships. The course, which was created in partnership with the Army Corp of Engineers, is located near Lake Waco (3331 Airport Rd.), a 7,000-acre man-made lake which features over 60 miles of shoreline.

The course features one of the most unique perspectives in the country for fans attending a race. From certain points along the course, fans viewing a race at Bear Run Cross Country Course can see the entire race without having to move throughout the course.

For the fourth consecutive year, Baylor will play host to the NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country Championships. This year, Baylor will host the event at Cottonwood Creek Golf Club on Nov. 12, 2005. The top-two teams on the men's and women's side will advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 21.

Last season, the Baylor women finished third at the event and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA championships while the men raced to a seventh-place finish.

Baylor will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 15, when the Bears travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to run in the Chile Pepper Invitational.



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