Men's Cross Country to compete at NCAA Regionals
Nov. 10, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 11 Texas Men's Cross Country team will head to Waco, Texas Saturday to run in the 10K NCAA South Central Regional.
The race will be held at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The top two teams at the NCAA Regionals will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
"I think we are in a good place right now, mentally and physically," said cross country coach John Hayes. "I think we are going to do what we have to do to make it to the national meet."
The Longhorns enter the weekend as the top-ranked team in the South Central Region. UT is followed by Arkansas, Texas A&M, Lamar and UT-San Antonio for the top five teams heading into Saturday. Hayes knows that the competition will be tough and coming off the Big 12 Championships the team has been working hard the past two weeks.
"We just sharpened a bit and will be hopefully well rested," said Hayes. "We feel the top teams in the region are pretty evenly matched and Lamar is always a threat as they are a talented team."
The 10K race will be the longest of the season for the Longhorns as previous races have been either 5K or 8K in length. The course starts out flat and ends with the final 1K around a lake at the golf course.
"The course rolls pretty nicely," said Hayes. "It's on a golf course so it has some solid hills but nothing huge. It usually is windy out there so that plays some role in the race."
More information on this weekend's race can be found at ... http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/c-xc/2011ncaa.html