Women's Cross Country to travel to Waco for NCAA Regionals
Nov. 10, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 14 Texas Women's Cross Country team will run in the 6K NCAA South Central Regional Saturday in Waco, Texas.
The race will be held at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco and is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m. The top two teams at the NCAA Regionals will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
"We are going to run this region meet with the main focus of advancing to the NCAA championships," said cross country coach Steve Sisson. "Our main objective is to run a solid, strong race and get in the top two. Arkansas is extremely good and we beat them barely at the meet that we raced against them at the Chili Pepper Festival."
The Longhorns are the top-ranked team in the region with No. 17 Arkansas a close second. Following those two teams in the regional rankings are SMU, Rice and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"We aren't really concerned of what other teams will try to do," said Sisson. "We are going to go out, run a smart race plan for us, based on the objectives we need to meet, and hopefully around the 3K-4K point the race will start getting decided at that point."
The course starts out flat and ends with some rolling hills. The final 1K of the race will be around a lake.
"If it's a windy day, then it will be slow at the beginning because the wind really picks up in that part of the course," said Sisson. "The last 4K has some nice rolling hills on it so we will take full advantage of that part of the course. I think we are a better hill team than a flat team and we have been preparing for the national championship, which is a hilly course. Things are pointing well, workouts going really well, everybody is in great spirits, everybody's healthy, so we will get out there and just race."
More information on this weekend's race can be found at ... http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/c-xc/2011ncaa.html