Big 12 Cross Country Championships Set for November 2
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 10/31/2013
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The 2013 Big 12 Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday Nov. 2, at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Waco, Texas. This marks the second time Baylor has hosted the event, having also played host in 2005.

The conference meet kicks off at 10 a.m. CT with the men's 8,000-meter race. The women's 6,000-meter run will follow at 11 a.m. CT. The event is free to attend.

The top men's and women's teams are crowned league champions, while the top 15 individuals in each race earn All-Big 12 honors. The top newcomer in each race will earn Newcomer of the Year accolades.

The Oklahoma State men have dominated the Big 12 cross country scene the past five seasons, entering Saturday's meet as five-time defending champions. The Cowboys have claimed the national title three of the last four years, including a first place finish at last year’s NCAA Championship. The Iowa State women have won back-to-back Big 12 titles and finished 11th at the NCAA Championships last season.

In the latest NCAA Division I national rankings, the Big 12 landed three men's squads in the top 30. Oklahoma State claims the third slot in the nation. No. 27 Oklahoma is next, followed by No. 29 Texas. Iowa State represents the Big 12 women at No. 8 in the poll.

In men's action, seven of the top 10 finishers from last year are slated to compete. OSU's Shadrack Kipchirchir, Thomas Farrell, Kirubel Erassa and Shane Moskowitz, along with Texas' Ryan Dohner and Craig Lutz, and last year’s first place runner, Kennedy Kithuka from Texas Tech, are top 10 returnees looking to take home the individual title.

Highlighting the women's field, Texas’ Sara Sutherland returns after a third-place finish in 2012 alongside fellow Longhorn Marielle Hall who placed sixth in last year’s championship. Other top 10 returnees include Oklahoma State’s Natalja Piliusina and Monika Juodeskaite, and Iowa State’s Crystal Nelson and Samantha Bluske.

Video highlights and full results will be available following the races via the conference website at Big12Sports.com.

NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Rankings

 

NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Rankings

Oct. 22, 2013

 

Oct. 22, 2013

3.

Oklahoma State

 

8.

Iowa State

27.

Oklahoma

     

29.

Texas

     

2013 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week

 

2013 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week

Men

 

Women

Sept. 3

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.

 

Sept. 3

Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr.

Sept. 10

Runners did not compete

 

Sept. 10

Laura Galvan, Kansas State, Jr.

Sept. 17

David Osborn, Oklahoma State, Jr.

 

Sept. 17

Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr.

Sept. 24

Eric Graf, Oklahoma, So.

 

Sept. 24

Laura Galvan, Kansas State, Jr.

Oct. 1

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.

 

Oct. 1

Crystal Nelson, Iowa State, So.

Oct. 8

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.

 

Oct. 8

Sarah Martinelli, West Virginia, Sr.

Oct. 22

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.

 

Oct. 22

Marielle Hall, Texas, Sr.

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