Baylor Cross Country Heads to Big 12 Championships

Oct. 30, 2002

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The seventh Big 12 Cross Country Championships will take place Saturday at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia, Mo. The women will run a 6,000-meter race at 10 a.m., while the men's 8,000-meter race is scueduled for 11 a.m. Colorado has taken all six of the previous men's races as well as taking the title in five of the six women's races.


Thornhill Paces Women

Senior transfer Debbie Thornhill has paced the women's squad in every meet she has competed in this season. She started her Baylor career with back-to-back victories at the Rice Cross Country Meet and the Rice Invitational. She has finished in the Top 20 in each of the national meets this season. Thornhill paced the Bears with a 17th-place finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival and took 19th the last time out at the Pre-National meet.

She took the Sunbelt Conference women's cross country crown three times while running for North Texas.

Women Open Season With Wins

While Debbie Thornhill has paced the women, she has not been alone in the Top 10. In each of the first two meets of the season, the Baylor women placed four athletes among the Top 10. The quickness of the individuals led to first place finishes for the Bears at the Rice Cross Country Meet and the Rice Invitational, giving them two victories in the first two meets of the season.

Marvin Earns Conference Honors

Freshman Angela Marvin was injured when she came to Baylor, so she could not train or compete early in the season. On October 12, in only her second meet for the Green and Gold, the Kingwood, Texas-native ran the 6,000 meter Texas A&M Invitational course in 21:37 to finish second. The newcomer was rewarded for her tremendous efforts, being named the Big 12 Runner of the week. She was the first Baylor cross country runner, men or women, to earn conference accolades this season.

Newcomers Contribute

Newcomers have made significant contributions to both the women's and men's squads during the 2002 campaign. In her first season with the Bears, senior Debbie Thornhill has paced the women, as well as finishing in the Top 20, in every meet she has competed in. Freshman Angela Marvin has also had an impact on the women's team. She earned Big 12 Runner of the Week honors after taking second place at the Texas A&M Invitational. In all, four women have made their Baylor debuts in 2002.

Newcomers Bo Price, Kyle King and Rob Morrow have taken turns pacing the men's squad. Price, a freshman from Atlanta, Texas, won the first two meets of his Baylor career as well as taking 21st at the Great American Cross Country Festival. King, a senior transfer, finished second only to Price in the season opener and took 17th place to pace the Bears at the Great American Cross Country Festival. Morrow, a freshman from Grapevine, Texas, has been one of the top four Bears in each of the meets he has competed in this season, as well as finishing second overall, crossing the finish line just behind Price, at the Rice Invitational.

Bears Prepare to Host NCAA South Central Regional

The Bears hope to defend their home territory and earn a bid to the 2002 NCAA Championships when they host the South Central Regional November 16 at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco. The top two teams in the meet will advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 25 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Men Take 16th at Pre-Nationals

Led by junior Matt Chance (28th; 24:38), the Baylor men took 16th place in the 36-team men's white race at the Asics/Pacesetter Pre-National meet. The race was held at the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the 2002 NCAA Championships.

Men Share the Spotlight

In the four meets the men have competed in this season, three different runners have taken turns pacing the Baylor squad. Freshman Bo Price shined in his Baylor debut, not only leading the Bears, but leading the field, taking first place in each of the first two meets of the season. Senior Kyle King was the top finisher for Baylor at the Great American Cross Country festival, taking 17th place with a time of 27:05 on the 8,000-meter course. Last time out, junior Matt Chance paced the Bears, taking 28th at the Pre-National meet, running the 8,000-meter race in 24:38.



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