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Women's Cross Country Team to Compete in NCAAs

Head coach Todd Harbour's women's team is currently ranked No. 18.

Head coach Todd Harbour's women's team is currently ranked No. 18.

Nov. 23, 2003

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2003 NCAA Cross Country Championship
Monday, Nov. 24
Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course/Byrne Park
Waterloo, Iowa
Hosted by the University of Northern Iowa

Men's 10,000 meter race - 11 a.m.
Women's 6,000 meter race - 12:15 p.m.

Catch It On The Tube
Elite Racing will produce the television broadcast which is tentatively scheduled to air on Fox Sports Network at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, December 3.

Bears Return to NCAA Championships
The Baylor cross country women's team will return to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time since 1998. The program will be making its eighth team appearance at the NCAA Championships. The Baylor women made five straight appearances from 1989 to 1992 then have since returned as a team in 1994, 1997 and 1998. The team's best finish came in 1998 when they placed 8th with 351 points. They have one other top 10 finish to their credit, a 10th place finish in 1991.

This meet marks the first time since 2001 that Baylor has had a representative at the national meet. Kara Newton qualified as an individual in 2001 and placed 76th.

Baylor National Meet History
Women's Team Finishes
1989 22nd (472)
1990 18th (361)
1991 10th (258)
1992 17th (505)
1994 22nd (517)
1997 18th (411)
1998 8th (351)

Individual Top 10 Finishes
Natalie Nalepa 1991, 5th
Natalie Nalepa 1990, 8th

Individual Top 50 Finishes
Natalie Nalepa 1991, 5th
Natalie Nalepa 1990, 8th
Sherri Smith 1998, 20th
Karin Ernstrom 1999, 22nd
Lisa Stone 1990, 41st
Kristin Mulliner 1991, 43rd
Karin Ernstrom 1998, 46th
Karin Ernstrom 1997, 47th
Lisa Stone 1989, 49th

How They Got There
The Baylor cross country teams hosted the 2002 NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The young Baylor women's team earned their first automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships since the 1998 season with a second place finish, just two points behind Texas. Sophomore Lisa Cornelius led the Bears in 7th place with a time of 21:18. Sophomore Angela Marvin was right behind her in 8th place (21:23). Two freshmen, Brittany Brockman (21:39) and Monique Ortega (21:41), placed 14th and 15th, respectively. Senior Erin Dixon (22:18) completed the Bears' scoring in 30th place overall. Cornelius, Marvin, Brockman and Ortega earned All-South Central Region honors, the most-ever Baylor runners named all-region.

Leaders of the Pack
Sophomores Angela Marvin and Lisa Cornelius, freshmen Brittany Brockman and Monique Ortega and senior Erin Dixon have been the women's top five runners all season. Marvin was Baylor's top finisher the Big 12 Championships in 6th place while Brockman was 8th and Cornelius placed 15th. Ortega and Dixon completed Baylor's scoring on the day. In the South Central Regional the order was switched a bit, Cornelius crossed the finish line first followed by Marvin, Brockman, Ortega and Dixon.

Looking to the Future
The future for the women's cross country team is extremely bright. Baylor's top four runners are two sophomores and two freshmen. Sophomores Angela Marvin and Lisa Cornelius and freshmen Brittany Brockman and Monique Ortega have been the women's top four runners all season.

Harbour Getting it Done
Head coach Todd Harbour's recruiting efforts are paying off. The 10-time Southwest Conference champion in just his fourth season as cross country head coach, has produced a team that is returning to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1998.

Baylor has seen success in each of Harbour's seasons heading the cross country program. In 2001, both the men's and women's teams narrowly missed bids to the the NCAA Championships finishing fourth and third, respectively at the NCAA South Central Regional. They each came just short again in 2002, once again placing in the Top 5.

Nationally Ranked
Baylor's women's cross country team is currently ranked 18th nationally. The Lady Bears have been ranked as high as 14th this season. The women's squad has posted impressive finishes in several meets this season. They placed fifth in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., were 10th in the purple race of the NCAA Pre-Nationals and posted a best-ever Big 12 Championships finish in second.

Tops in the Region
Todd Harbour's women's team is currently ranked No. 1 in the region. The Bears sit in the top spot ahead of perennial regional and national power Arkansas.

All-South Central Region
Four Baylor runners earned All-Region honors for the 2003 season by placing 25th or higher at the South Central Region Championships. Sophomores Lisa Cornelius (7th) and Angela Marvin (8th) and freshmen Brittany Brockman (14th) and Monique Ortega (15th) were honored.

All-Big 12
A record number five Baylor runners were named All-Big 12 for the 2003 season. Sophomore Angela Marvin, freshman Brittany Brockman and sophomore Lisa Cornelius were named to the women's squad while Matt Chance and Bo Price became Baylor's first male runners to be named All-Big 12.

10 Named Academic All-Big 12
Ten Baylor runners were named Academic All-Big 12. Earning first-team honors were Matt Chance, Lisa Cornelius, Erin Dixon, Katherine Duncan, Kyle King, Megan McCoin, Bo Price, Lindsey Price and April Hurst. Jason Baker was named to the second team.

 

 

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