Nov. 21, 2013
WACO, Texas -
Baylor cross country will be represented by Rachel Johnson
at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's 6,000-meter race is slated for a 12:15 p.m. CT start at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
"I am really proud of Rachel," head coach Todd Harbour said. "She has fought through a lot. She has figured out the whole package of what to do to compete at this level. She had a great performance at the regional meet, so I like where she is at right now."
Johnson will be making her first appearance at the national meet and she will be Baylor's first participant at the event since 2010 when Cate Westenhover and Robyn Bennett competed.
In total the women's field features 31 teams of seven runners each and 38 individuals with everyone trying to finish in the top 40 to earn All-American status.
Johnson, who placed fifth at the NCAA South Central Regional meet to earn an individual NCAA berth, has finished as the top Baylor runner in each of her six races this fall. The Plano, Texas, native turned in the fastest time ever run by a Baylor competitor at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course with a 6K-time of 20:23.8 during the regional.
Earlier this year, Johnson competed on Saturday's course during Baylor's trip to the Pre-National Invitational. At that event, Johnson carded a 6K-time of 21:08.12.
Baylor's highest ever finish by an individual runner at the NCAA Championship was by Karin Ernstrom in 1999 with a 22nd-place finish. Meanwhile, Natalie Nalepa was fifth at the event as part of the Baylor team in 1991.
The full race will be offered in an online video stream at NCAA.com, along with live results.
Complete results and a recap of the meet will be available on BaylorBears.com following the event.
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