Oct. 1, 2008
WACO, Texas - The No. 16 Baylor women's cross country team is set to compete in the Paul Short Invitational on Friday at Lehigh, Pa. The Lady Bears are coming off back-to-back wins to open the season.
Baylor won the Bear Twilight Invitational with 15 team points to open the season before claiming the Texas A&M Invitational by scoring 32 team points.
The Lady Bears will enter two teams into the competition, a varsity and JV squad. The varsity team will be comprised of juniors and seniors, while the JV squad will be made up of all freshmen and sophomores.
"We are looking forward to a very nice weekend," said head coach Todd Harbour. "It should be a very nice early season test for us. We have the deepest team since I have been here, and will actually run all of our juniors and seniors in the first race with all freshmen and sophomores in the JV race."
Baylor moved up to No. 16 in the latest rankings from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, after achieving a ranking of 24th in the previous poll. The Lady Bears will face West Virginia (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 12), Tennessee (No. 29) and Villanova (RV) at this weekend's competition.
"The ranking is always a very nice honor but we still have much work to do before the NCAA meet in just over seven weeks," said Harbour.
The Lady Bears are led by Erin Bedell and Nichole Jones. Bedell earned Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors after finishing second overall as Baylor won the Texas A&M Invitational. Jones claimed the conference's weekly award after winning the Baylor Twilight Invitational for the second consecutive year.
Danielle Bradley will also compete on the varsity squad following a pair of Top 5 finishes in the first two meets. Senior Jessi Barnes has scored in both of Baylor's meets this season, while Katie Shaw and Renae Van Wyhe have each scored in one race this season. Also competing in the varsity race is senior transfer Jodi Hulett.
Renae Van Wyhe