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Women's Cross Country Heads to NCAA Meet

Monique Ortega and the Bears hope for a strong finish at the NCAA Championships.

Monique Ortega and the Bears hope for a strong finish at the NCAA Championships.

Nov. 21, 2004

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WACO, Texas-The No. 28 Baylor women's cross country team returns to action on Mon., Nov. 22, when the Bears run at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The team earned an at-large berth into the 6,000-meter championship meet after finishing third at last weekend's NCAA South Central Regional.

"I am extremely pleased that we were selected as one of the at-large participants to run in the championships," head coach Todd Harbour said. "The team overcame a lot of adversity this season in order to make it to this point. Several runners stepped up their performance throughout the year in order to give us a chance to get into the championships."

The trip to the championships marks the second consecutive year the Baylor women's cross country team has qualified to run for the team title. Last season, the Bears finished in 25th-place at the championships.

The Bears earned an at-large bid into the championships after an impressive showing at the NCAA South Central Regional. Led by Brittany Brockman who finished third, Baylor raced to a third-place finish behind SMU and Arkansas as the finish was high enough to earn one of the 13 at-large spots into the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Monique Ortega, who finished 12th, and Jessa Chance, who finished 18th, earned top-20 finishes as every Baylor runner set a personal record at the regional over the 6,000-meter course.

Baylor's run at the NCAA Cross Country Championships marks the ninth time the school has qualified to run for the team title. The Bears highest finish at the championships 1998 when the Bears finished in eighth place.

Baylor's highest individual finish at the championships came in 1991 when Natalie Nalepa raced to a fifth-place finish for the Bears.

 

 

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