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Cross Country Preps for Big 12 Championships

Senior Monique Ortega and the Bears compete at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships Friday.

Senior Monique Ortega and the Bears compete at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships Friday.

Oct. 25, 2006

Big 12 Cross Country Preview
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Quotes: Head Coach Todd Harbour

The Baylor cross country teams travel north to compete in the first of three championship races, when the Bears run at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships Friday, Oct. 27, at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The women will compete in a 6,000-meter race at 10 a.m., while the men's race is scheduled for 8,000 meters to follow at 11 a.m.

Junior Lyndsy Bedell (Plano, Texas) and freshman Nichole Jones (Spring, Texas) lead the women into the Big 12 Championships. Bedell was the Bears' top finisher for the first time in her career at the Chile Pepper Festival last time out, while Jones was close behind in 20th. Jones claimed individual titles at the Bear Relays and North Texas Invitational and led the Bears to a third place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Baylor women enter the meet ranked 30th in the nation and third in the Big 12 according to the USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll. The women have finished in the top five in every meet this season.

Last season, the Baylor women had a strong showing at the championships as they raced to a third-place finish. Brittany Brockman, Erin Bedell and Lauren Hagans finished in the top 15 to earn all-conference honors and lead the Baylor women to their second highest finish in school history. Brockman is still recovering from an injury suffered during track season, while Erin Bedell is out with mononucleosis.

On the men's side, Bo Price (Atlanta, Texas) and Rob Morrow (Grapevine, Texas) lead the Bears into the Big 12 Championships. Price claimed the individual title at the Bear Relays to open the season, then returned from a car accident to lead the Bears at last week's Pre-National Meet. Morrow claimed the individual title at the North Texas Invitational and led the Bears at the Roy Griak Invitational to earn Big 12 Runner of the Week. The Bears finished 12th last year at the Big 12 Championships.

Colorado is the defending champion on the men's and women's sides, and the Buffaloes have captured all but one conference title during the ten-year history of the event.

The Bears return to action Saturday, Nov. 11, when they host the NCAA South Central Regional at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

 

 

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