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After Big 12 meet, cross country looks forward to regionals

Nov. 3, 2010

By Krista Pirtle

The Baylor men's cross-country team had its best finish at the Big 12 Championships since 2006, finishing 8th with 234 points, while the women finished 10th with 247 points last Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Senior Robbie Knorr came across the line first for the Bears, 31st overall, with a time of 25:20.87 for the 8,000-meter course.

Second for the Bears was junior Brandon White in 35th, followed by junior Brandon Reed in 61st.

Junior Zac Flowers trailed closely behind with a 63rd-place finish, and senior Ben Haby rounded out Baylor's top five in 68th.

Junior Cate Westenhover led the Baylor women, finishing 26th overall, with a time of 21:24.61 over the 6,000-meter course.

Freshman Robyn Bennett came in second for the women, finishing 30th overall, followed by senior Leigh Ann Ganzar in 62nd.

Senior Katie Shaw came in 69th with a time of 22:21.63, and junior Kristen Hanselka had a 74th place finish in 22:39.53.

"We still need five runners on both sides to really step it up and run well and give a solid effort in order to have a great meet," coach Todd Harbour said.

For the men, Oklahoma State won the meet with 19 points, the best score in Big 12 history since Colorado's 16 in 2000.

"I think we got there and we expected the course to be a lot easier. It was a lot more difficult than expected. This was the first meet we came out OK with our performance, not happy, but OK with it," Knorr said.

On the women's side, Texas Tech took home the title with 44 points, followed by Colorado with 53, Iowa State with 79, Oklahoma State with 90 and Texas with 147.

"Conference didn't go exactly like we planned for it to. We did work together, but in a meet like that, everyone needs to have their best [race]. We did our best that day but not our best overall. I know we're better than how we did, but I'm proud of everyone's effort overall," Shaw said.

The Baylor cross-country teams host the NCAA South Regionals, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

Regionals will be challenging for both teams. One thing the men are working on is preparing for the challenging 10,000-meter race.

The distance is the greatest of any races on Baylor's schedule, the others being only 8,000 meters.

"Basically, we're getting everyone recovered and mentally prepared for a 10K," Knorr said.

The fact that the race takes place in Waco is a huge advantage for Baylor as it can practice on the course and learn it. It is the third straight regional meet in Waco.

"I love the support of the Baylor fans and seeing a lot of green and gold," Shaw said. Seeing that just makes you want to put your whole heart into it when you see them there."