Cross Country to Open Season at Baylor Bear Twilight

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The Dallas Baptist University Cross Country program is set to open their 2012 season at the Baylor Bear Twilight in Waco, Texas Friday evening, racing amongst a highly competitive field which includes host Baylor, Division I programs SMU, TCU, and Texas A&M, and D2 rivals Angelo State and Tarleton State.

The 2012 season looks as though it could be the tale of two different teams between the men and the women. The men enter 2012 with a roster that has quite a few different names on it, but at the core returns two All-Conference runners in Joshua Pauley and Jacob Phillips.

The men’s team has won the past two Heartland Conference Cross Country Championships and will depend heavily on their returning leaders to set the pace for the new crop.

“These guys are our leaders and have been very good at the Conference level and we’ll need them to be even better this year as we look to win our third straight title,” Head Coach Jake Phillips said. “They set the example every day in the work they put in and in how they go about their business.”

The women’s team has held an impressive streak in the Heartland Conference – winning the past five Cross Country Championships and will defend such with most of their 2011 roster intact. Returning is Conference MVP, Kelsey Bruce, as well as All-Conference runners Glynnis MeadeAshley SpiveySarah RayasJulie Durrwachter, and Tawnee Wimsatt.

Joining the Lady Patriots this cross country season and looking to make an immediate impact is D1 transfer, Hanna Rice. Rice competed at the University of North Texas last fall before joining the Patriot Track and Field teams in the spring.

“We’ve got a lot of depth on this women’s team,” said Phillips. “I am real excited to see what these ladies can do this season, not just on the Conference level, but at the Regional level, and hopefully the National level.”

The Baylor Bear Twilight will start at 7:00 pm Friday evening at the Heart of Texas Soccer Complex in Waco, Texas.