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Cross Country Competes at Big 12 Championships


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
October 26, 2012 09:43 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team is set to compete at its first ever Big 12 Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m., in Austin, Texas, at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course.

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 Mountaineers will face off against three ranked teams in the 6k race, including No. 2 Iowa State, No. 14 Texas and No. 27 Oklahoma State.

“The team that we have been racing all fall is very healthy and well prepared to race this weekend,” coach Sean Cleary says. “For most of the team that is competing, they have never been in this position and they are very excited to prove that they are the stepping stone to the next generation of success here at West Virginia. I am looking for the girls to go out and run the best race they have all season. They are in the best shape they have ever been in and I see no reason why I won’t see the results out there.”

Last time out, WVU ran at the Division I Pre-Nationals 6k in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 13, and finished in second place in the Black Race. Junior Sarah Martinelli crossed the line first for WVU for the first time this season with an 11th-place finish and a 6k personal-best time of 21:50.2. Senior Jordan Hamric finished in the top 20 for the third time this season with a 19th place finish and also had a personal-best 6k time of 21:57.

Results from the race can be found at DeltaTiming.com and a recap will be posted on WVUsports.com shortly following the completion of the competition.



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