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Texas Tech Hosts Big 12 Conference Championships

Men prepare for Friday's starting line.
Men prepare for Friday's starting line.

Oct. 23, 2007

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the first time in school history, Texas Tech cross country will host the 2007 Big 12 Cross Country Championships Fri., Oct. 26 at the Rawls Course.

Going into the conference contest on the men's side, Tech will see its stiffest competition from No. 5 Colorado, No. 14 Texas and No. 18 Oklahoma State, who all placed in the top five last year. The Colorado men, the reigning national champions, have won every conference title since 1996. The Red Raiders have taken the first in half its meets this season, and finished eighth out of 32 at the recent Chile Pepper Festival.

The No. 14 Tech women's team is looking for its first conference title after finishing second in last year's contest. The Red Raiders will face tough competition from No. 15 Colorado, who has won 10 of the 11 conference championships, and No. 30 Nebraska, who claimed third last year. Tech will be led by Sally Kipyego, who set a 6,000 meter record for the championships in last year's race, with a time of 20:00. Kipyego finished ahead of Colorado's Jennifer Barringer in second, who will also be returning to the starting line.

The top men's and women's teams are crowned conference champions and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The top 15 individuals in each race are named all-conference.

The men's race is set to start at 10 a.m. and the women will begin at 11 a.m. CST, held at the Rawls Golf Course. For more information and directions, visit



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