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Women finish No. 29 at nationals

Nov. 30, 2004

By AMANDA HARRIS, reporter

The Baylor women's cross country team placed 29th in muddy conditions at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Nov. 22. in Indiana.

The team overcame hardships during the season to make it to the championship competition after training hard all season, according to the men and women's cross country head Coach, Todd Harbour.

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The Baylor women cross country team finished 29th at the national championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22. The women earned an at-large bid after running in the regional tournament, shown here, in Waco on Nov. 13.
Harbour said two of their top runners didn't compete this season due to injuries received during the summer and another top runner got sick during the week of the championship competition.

Brittany McGuire, a Humble sophomore, said she learned the news when she received an e-mail from a friend.

Harbour said this is the second consecutive year that the Baylor women's cross country team has traveled to the championship competition and they've ran in the competition about nine times in the past 15 years.

Harbour said he hoped the team would place within the top 20, but after the competition was over he felt a sense of relief because they had been through so much this season.

McGuire said that she was also disappointed with the results.

"I don't think any of us really raced what we are capable of," McGuire said.

Brittany Brockman, a Houston sophomore, said she felt everyone's finishing race times were somewhat slower because of the muddy track. Monique Ortega, an El Paso sophomore said, "it was nerve wracking" at the competition because there were so many people there.

Brockman finished 45th (67th overall) with a time of 21:37.3 over the 6,000-meter course. Ortega finished next out of the Baylor team members with a time of 22:18.1 and placed 108th (140th overall). The next Baylor runner to finish was Lyndsy Bedell, a freshman, with a time of 22:57 which ranked her 160th (196th overall).

Lauren Hagans and Alissa McKaig followed next as Hagans finished 173rd with a time of 23:03.6 and McKaig finished 189th with a time of 23:20.5. Two other runners competed at the championships for the Baylor team but didn't score: Jessa Chance finished with a time of 23:37.4 and McGuire who finished with a time of 23:56.8. McGuire said even though the team didn't place where they hoped to, she was glad to have been there for the experience and is excited about next year because most of the team members will be returning.

"I think we all work really well together," Brockman said of the team.

Harbour said he is looking forward to next year as well.

"He's a great person and a good leader for our team," Ortega said of Harbour.