The 2012 Big 12 Cross Country Championships will be held Oct. 27 at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin, Texas. This marks the second time Texas has hosted the event, having also played host in 2003.
The conference meet kicks off at 10 a.m. CT with the women's 6,000-meter race. The men's 8,000-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 four seasons, entering Saturday's meet as four-time defending champions. The Cowboys have claimed the national title two of the last three years and finished runner-up at last year's NCAA Championship. The Iowa State women took home the Conference title last year for the first time in school history and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.
In the latest NCAA Division I national rankings, the Big 12 boasts five men's teams and three women's squads in the top 30. For the men, Oklahoma State claims the top spot. No. 6 Oklahoma is next, followed by No. 7 Texas, No. 25 Iowa State and No. 30 Kansas. On the women's side, No. 2 Iowa State leads the league, followed by No. 14 Texas and No. 27 Oklahoma State.
In men's action, three of the top 10 finishers from last year are slated to compete. OSU's Tom Farrell, Oklahoma's Bill Kogel and Texas' Craig Lutz are top 10 returnees looking to take home the individual title. Three-time Big 12 Runner of the Week Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech will compete in his first Big 12 Cross Country Championship.
Highlighting the women's field, Iowa State's Meaghan Nelson returns after a runner-up finish in 2011. Other top 10 returnees include Natalja Piliusina (Oklahoma State), Jessica Engel (Oklahoma), Marielle Hall (Texas) and Martina Tresch (Kansas State).
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. 16, 2012||Oct. 16, 2012|
|1.||Oklahoma State||2.||Iowa State|
|2012 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week||2012 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week|
|Sep. 4||Fernando Roman, Kansas State, So.||Sep. 4||Rachel Johnson, Baylor, So.|
|Sep. 11||JR Hardy, Baylor, Fr.||Sep. 11||Rachel Johnson, Baylor, So.|
|Sep. 18||Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Jr.||Sep. 18||Agnes Kemboi, TCU, Sr.|
|Sep. 25||Bill Kogel, Oklahoma, Sr.||Oct. 2||Agnes Kemboi, TCU, Sr.|
|Oct. 2||Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Jr.||Oct. 16||Betsy Saina, Iowa State, Sr.|
|Oct. 16||Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Jr.|