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Cross country debuts as new intramural competition

Nov. 4, 2005

by JON SCHROEDER, reporter

The world's oldest sport is Baylor's newest intramural competition. Baylor's first-ever intramural cross country meet is Saturday.

"This is brand new," said Jeff Crownover, coordinator for intramural sports. "I think it'll be a lot of fun."

The races begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the intramural fields. Each team will run eight one-kilometer laps around the fields. Women need to check in at 8:15 a.m., and the men's check- in is at 9 a.m., Crownover said.

Teams may consist of one, two or four members. The race is eight kilometers regardless of team size, according to the Baylor Intramural Web site.

There are 26 men's teams and 14 women's teams signed up, intramural graduate assistant Clint Patterson said.

Crownover said not everyone can run an eight-kilometer race, so the relay format of the race is designed to "include as many students as possible."

The intramural cross country meet will involve students who don't normally compete in team sports, he said.

Assistant Cross Country Coach Jon Capron said he thought the meet would be a good opportunity for many runners.

"There's a lot of girls that do it. There's a lot of guys that do it," Capron said.

There will be one men's race and one women's race. That means one-person teams will compete against teams with four members.

Crownover said teams with four students running will probably win, but on the day of the races anything can happen.

When the football game against The University of Texas was rescheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., Crownover decided to start the meet at 8:30 a.m.

He said it was moved so that runners competing in the meet could make it to the game on time.

Meadows Place freshman Dustin Poe, a member of the Penland Residence Hall intramural cross country team, said he'll still be at the meet Saturday. Poe said he and his teammates will "be there for sure" at the football game.

Poe said he signed up to run knowing he'd probably have to go directly from the meet to the game.

"There's no point in training if you don't race," Poe said.

Capron said the Baylor cross country team will be watching the race, both for fun and for recruitment.

"We've pulled people off the Bear Trail before," he said.

Some of the coaching staff will likely be watching for good Baylor runners at the intramural meet, Capron said.

"We're fired up to get people excited about cross country," Capron said.

The cross country team will seek fan support at the intramural meet for their regional meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Cottonwood Golf Course, Capron said.

"We like trying new things," Crownover said. "If (this meet) is successful, we'd like to do it every year," Crownover said. "It's what the students want that's important."