Oct. 31, 2008
WACO, Texas -
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The Baylor cross country teams travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the first of three championship races at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, at the ISU Cross Country Course. The women will compete in an 6,000-meter race at 10 a.m., while the women's race is scheduled for 8,000 meters to follow at 11 a.m.
A trio of juniors lead the way for the Lady Bears. Erin Bedell, Nichole Jones and Danielle Bradley have scored in all four Baylor races this season. Bedell and Jones were each named the Big 12 Runner of the Week during the season, while Bedell was named to the Big 12/Chik-Fil-A Community of Champions. Jones won the individual title at the Baylor Twilight Invitational, while Bedell has been Baylor's top finisher each of the last three meets. Bradley has been Baylor's third runner in all four meets this season.
The Baylor women enter the meet ranked 17th in the USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll. The Lady Bears have been ranked as high as 14th nationally this season. Baylor is ranked second in the South Central Region.
Last season, the Lady Bears finished fourth at the conference championships, while Lauren Hagans earned All-Big 12 honors with a 10th-place finish. Jones just missed making the all-conference team with a 17th-place overall finish.
On the men's side, Jeff Sadler and Robbie Knorr lead the young Bears into the conference championship. Sadler has been Baylor's top finisher in all four meets this season, including an fifth-place overall finish at the Baylor Twilight Invitational and a ninth-place showing at the Texas A&M Invitational. Knorr, a sophomore from Livermore, Calif., has scored in all four meets this season, including Top 20 finishes at the Baylor Twilight and the Texas A&M Invitational.
The men's team is currently ranked 12th in the South Central Region and has been ranked as high as fifth in the regional rankings according to the USTFCCCA.
Colorado has dominated the Big 12 cross country scene the past 12 seasons. The CU men have won every title, while the women have won 11 of the 12 championships, with Kansas State claiming the only other women's crown in 1998. Nationally, the Buffs have produced three men's (2001, `04 and `06) and two women's (2000, `04) NCAA team championships as members of the league.
The Bears return to action Saturday, Nov. 15 as the Bears host the NCAA South Central Regional meet at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.