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Cross Country Hosts NCAA South Central Regional Championships

Rachel Johnson

Nov. 14, 2013

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WACO, Texas - Baylor will host the NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country Championships for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons on Friday at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas.

The men's 10,000-meter race will kick off the day at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 6,000-meter event at 11:15. An awards ceremony will follow the morning's events near the course's clubhouse. Admission to the event is $5.

As part of the South Central Region, the Bears will host teams from Arkansas, Louisiana and the eastern half of Texas. Arkansas and Texas rank first and second, respectively, on the men's side, while the Razorbacks and Texas A&M lead the women's regional rankings entering the race.

Regional teams will put their top seven runners out in an effort to be one of the top two teams in the regional and in turn earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. As in other races this fall, only the top five times from those seven runners will count towards the team score.

Along with the top two teams, the top four individuals not on an advancing team receive an automatic berth into the national meet. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process for the 2013 NCAA Championship, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Baylor is currently sixth on the women's side in the regional rankings following a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Last season, the Baylor women were seventh at the regional meet.

"We are excited to host this event again," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Our ladies are ready to go, after having run their best at the Big 12. I think if we can keep everyone healthy, we will run even better this week. We are really close to getting back to the NCAA meet. It is just going to take a really good effort by five girls."

For the women, junior Rachel Johnson has been the top finisher for Baylor in all five of the races she has competed in. She took top individual honors at both the Bear Twilight Invitational and the Iowa Black & Gold Invite. In her last meet, Johnson earned All-Big 12 honors for a second straight year with a 10th-place finish at the Big 12 Championships.

Freshmen Alex Davis and Maggie Montoya have also been in the top-five runners for BU in all the races that have competed in this fall. The rest of Baylor's contingent includes, Erin Hegarty, Mariah Kelly, Ericka Overbeck, Bree Schrader, and Peyton Thomas.

The Baylor men are 10th in the region, after claiming seventh at the Big 12 Championships. The Bears will be looking to improve upon last season's 14th-place finish at the regional meet.

"I am excited to see what our guys can do with two more kilometers," assistant coach Jon Capron said. "Our guys have trained hard all year for this distance and are more suited for it. After the top two teams, the region is as wide open as I have ever seen it."

The men are led by senior Brad Miles, who has been the top runner for the Bears in all five of his races this fall. Veteran Derwin Graham and Jonathan Tijerina were Baylor's second and third scoring runners at the conference meet, while sophomores Matthew Cochran and J.R. Hardy were fourth and fifth.

Sophomores Chris McElroy and Kyle Scanlan will look to provide another scoring threat for the Bears in the race.

Complete results and a recap of the meet will be available on following the event.

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