Nov. 10, 2009
WACO, Texas - Baylor's cross country will be back in familiar confines at the NCAA South Central Regional hosted at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. For the women, a seventh consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships is on the line.
"The course is in great shape," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Overall, its going to be an outstanding field. It's always nice to be home and we are looking forward to the opportunity on Saturday."
Baylor's women enter the weekend after battling injuries and illness all season, falling short of preseason expectations with a seventh-place finish at the Big 12 Championships two weeks ago. Senior Erin Bedell earned all-conference honors at the meet for the third time in her career. Bedell, a two-time all-region performer, is joined by fellow seniors Nichole Jones and Danielle Bradley. Jones has earned all-region honors three times, while Bradley has been all-region twice.
"The women are looking really good," Harbour said. "And I think we are ready. Our ladies have had a rough year, not finishing where they would have liked at the Big 12, but we have a chance to get a little redemption."
For the men, Baylor enters the meet after a 10th-place finish at the Big 12 meet. The Bears were led by juniors Robbie Knorr and Jeff Sadler, who have been the top two finishers for the Bears in each race this season. Knorr was 34th, while Sadler was 65th at the conference championships.
"The Big 12 meet left a bad taste," Harbour said. "So our men are ready to go for this one. We would like to run a really good race and end it on a good note."
The top two teams from each of the nine NCAA regionals, along with 13 at-large teams, earn bids to the NCAA Championships. Individually, the top four runners not on a qualifying team can earn a bid as well.
Baylor will play host to the regional meet for the second year in a row, and sixth time in the last seven years. Last season, the women finished in a tie for second, earning an at-large to the NCAAs, while the men finished 10th.