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Big 12 Cross Country Championships
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012
Location: Jimmy Clay Golf Course, 5400 Jimmy Clay Dr.; Austin, TX 78744
Start Time: Women's 6 km race, 10 a.m.; Men's 8 km race, 11 a.m.
Where to watch: Stay tuned as the 2012 Big 12 Cross Country Championships approach for more information on where fans can watch the event.
The course is marked by a single white line and natural boundaries.
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The NCAA and The University of Texas promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Spectators are reminded that they are prohibited from entering the playing area. Negative comments directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives are grounds for removal. The NCAA, the Big 12 Conference and The University of Texas thank you for your cooperation.
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The end of the race consists of a finish line marked with flags on both sides keeping student-athletes single-file in order of finish.
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Length of Races
Men's Cross Country meets are typically either 8-10 km in length while Women's Cross Country meets are 5 km or 6 km.
NCAA Cross Country meets are held between the months of August and November. The 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
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Team meets include seven individuals participating with only the top-five finishes counting for scoring purposes. The team with the lowest aggregate score, calculated by the sum of the top five finishes, wins the meet. Timing chips are used to record scores to ensure accuracy.
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All runners begin on the same starting arc marked with lanes for each individual. An official fires a pistol to indicate the start of the race. If runners collide and/or fall within the first 100 meters, runners are called back to the starting arc to restart the race.
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