WACO, Texas - With three runners in the top seven, the Baylor women's cross country team won the Bear Twilight Invitational for a third consecutive year on Friday at the HOT Soccer Complex. The men's squad took third at the season-opening meet.
Baylor had a total of 24 girls competing in the event, while the men only had six runners.
There were five men's teams (Baylor, North Texas, TCU, Texas and UT-Arlington) and six women's teams (Baylor, North Texas, SMU, TCU, Texas and UT-Arlington) at the meet.
The women's total point score was 35, while the men scored 62 total points.
The women held off second-place SMU (42) by seven points. The Mustangs were ranked No. 22 in the preseason USTFCCCA rankings, while BU was only receiving votes.
The men finished just three points off second place UT-Arlington (59) and beat fourth-place Texas (63) by one point. North Texas won the meet with 37 points.
With an unattached runner on the women's side taking second all of Baylor's runners bumped up one spot for the scoring points.
The women's other scoring runners included sophomore Madie Zimmerman (10th, 14:18.2) and senior Bree Schrader (15th, 14:38.3).
Baylor's fourth and fifth-place runners on the men's side were seniors Derwin Graham (17th, 19:18.8) and Jonathan Tijerina (18th, 19:23.0).
STAT OF THE MEET
4 - Baylor's top four runners on the women's side were all freshmen or sophomores.
TWEET OF THE MEET
TOP QUOTE #1
"We felt like if we came out today and ran the way we were capable that we might have a shot at the win. The goal today was to run well and get a good first meet in. I thought the girls did a really good job executing the second half of that race. I was really proud of the way they competed. We found some depth. We got some good experience today." - Baylor Head Coach Todd Harbour on the women's team
Both the men and women will have next weekend off, before taking part in the UTA Season Opener on Sept. 13 in Arlington, Texas.