Cross Country To Compete At NCAA Regional

Nov. 6, 2001

WACO, Texas -

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Bears Headed to NCAA South Central Regional

After an impressive showing at the Big 12 Championships two weeks ago the Baylor cross country team will resume action at the NCAA South Central Regional Sat., Nov. 10. The Texas A&M-hosted meet will be held on the TAMU Golf Course. The men will start things off with a 10K race at 9 a.m., and the women will follow with an 8K run at 10:15 a.m.

Teams set to particpate in the regional meet include Arkansas, Arkansas State, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana State, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nickels St., North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, SE Louisiana (individuals only), Southern Methodist, Southwest Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas-Arlington, Texas, Texas-Pan American, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane.

Last Year at the NCAA South Central Regional

The Baylor men narrowly missed an automatic NCAA Championship bid finishing third overall behind champion Arkansas, and runner-up Texas. Ferenc Bekesi was the Bears' top finisher placing 11th with a time of 31:31.68 in the 10K race.

The Lady Bears concluded the season placing fourth at the NCAA South Central Regional behind Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Texas Christian. Kara Newton led the Baylor squad finishing ninth in the 6K race with a time of 20:51.45. Newton was the only member of the Baylor team to advance out of the South Central Regional. She completed her season placing 63rd at the NCAA Championships.

Leaders of the Pack

Senior Kara Newton has been Baylor's top runner in all four meets she has participated in this season. Newton has yet to finish lower then 10th overall in 2001. Highlights from Newton's season include a fifth place finish at the highly competive Auburn Invitational, and a 10th place finish at the Big 12 Championships. For her efforts Newton has been recognized as the Big 12 Runner of the Week by the conference office twice this year (Sept. 11 and Sept. 25).

Sophomore Matt Chance has paced BU's men's team in three of the five meets this season. Most recently Chance placed a team-best 10th overall at the Big 12 Championships. Chance was also recognized as the Big 12 Runner of the Week for his second place finish at the UTA Season Opener on Sept. 8.

Last Time Out

Baylor cross country came away with two of it's best finishes in recent history at the Big 12 Championships as the men's team finished fourth and the women's team placed sixth overall at the conference meet.

The men's fourth place finish marked BU's best ever placing at the Big 12 Championships, while the women had not finished as high in the conference standings since the 1998 season when they placed fifth overall.

Colorado swept the team titles scoring just 31 points in the men's race and 33 points in the women's race. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M finished second and third in the men's race scoring 93 and 104 points, respectively. Baylor followed close behind the Aggies turning in 125 points.

On the women's side Oklahoma State and Texas rounded out the top-three with 75 and 115 points. Baylor finished with a team total of 145.

Individually, Baylor's top men's finisher was sophomore Matt Chance who placed 10th overall with a time of 24:35.5. Nick Devenport and Ferenc Bekesi were the only other Bear runners to finish in the top-20 as Devenport placed 17th (24:47.3) and Bekesi followed in 18th (24:48.8).

After almost a month without running competitively senior Kara Newton returned to true form and paced the Baylor squad finishing 10th in the 6K race (21:19.9). Colorado's Molly Austin won the meet with a final time of 20:12.5, besting the second place finisher by more then 10 seconds. Erin Dixon was the only other BU runner in the top-20 as she placed 19th overall (21:41.9).



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