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Cross country sprints into successful fall season

Sept. 5, 2003

By Erica DeLeon, reporter

The Baylor cross country teams opened their 2003 season at the Rice Relays in Houston last weekend.

The teams fared well; with two of the men's teams taking first and second place, and one of the women's teams taking the runner-up spot.

'I thought overall we definitely looked as good as anybody there,' head Coach Todd Harbour said.

'We've got two really good teams, and they just keep improving and working hard. Hopefully we will realize our expectations and our goals this year and get both teams to the national meet.'

The Bears competed in a two-person relay team with each runner alternating laps for a total of four trips around the course.

The men ran eight miles, and the women ran six.

Kyle King, a Sulphur Springs senior, and Matt Chance, a Grapevine senior, took first place with a time of 40 minutes, .01 seconds.

Bo Price, an Atlanta sophomore, and Rob Morrow, a Grapevine sophomore, took second place with a time of 40:22 seconds.

Angela Marvin, a Kingwood sophomore, and Lisa Cornelius, a Little Elm sophomore, placed second with a time of 34:22 seconds.

'[The relay] was fun,' said King. 'We kept it enjoyable, easy, and it served its purpose.'

Each team has a few seniors. Harbour said youth wouldn't play a role like it does in other sports.

'We've got a little balance,' Harbour said. 'We've got some senior leadership, and we're pretty young.'

'In cross country, it's not quite as big of a deal when it comes to experience because freshmen come in and have an immediate impact,' Harbour said.

The teams have been practicing hard for the upcoming season.

They start practices the around 6:30 a.m., and after workouts, they go to the marina pool for cool down exercises.

The men's team runs about 90 miles a week, and the women run up to 70 miles.

'We have a lot of miles that we put in,' Marvin said. 'It can be taxing on your body; it wears you down.'

Baylor held the NCAA regional meet last year and will have it again this year. Last season the men finished in fifth place, and the women took fourth place.

Running on their own turf, however, isn't always as great as it seems.

'It can be a pitfall sometimes if we let ourselves get distracted by our family and friends,' King said.

'But otherwise it's a great opportunity to run well at home to perform well in front of our families and especially to have support from our community and school.'

The two teams are focused and hope to compete at the NCAA meet at the end of the season, Harbour said.

'I want to be the best I can for the team,' Marvin said. 'My goal is to be an All-American this year.'

Many athletes have individual goals, but they are pulling together in order to advance to the meet, Marvin said.

The team is looking ahead to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

But before the big meet, the men and women will compete on Sept. 13 in Denton at the University of North Texas Opener.