Aug 30, 2013
WACO, Texas - With five runners in the top 10, including the top two finishers, the Baylor women's cross country won the Bear Twilight Invitational for a second consecutive year on Friday at the HOT Soccer Complex. The men's squad took third at the season-opening meet.
Individually for the women, junior Rachel Johnson (13:33.2) and freshman Alex Davis (13:42.6) were the first two runners across the finish line in the 4K race. In the men's 6K race, senior Brad Miles (19:03.3) took 10th, while sophomores Kyle Scanlan (19:12.8) and JR Hardy (19:16.1) were 12th and 13th, respectively.
Baylor had a total of 26 girls competing in the event, while the men only had eight runners.
There were seven men's teams (Baylor, Houston, North Texas, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas State) and eight women's teams (Baylor, Houston, North Texas, SMU TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas State) at the meet.
Rachel Johnson captured her second straight Bear Twilight Invitational title and her third meet title overall.
Brad Miles led the BU men's contingent at the Bear Twilight Invitational for a second straight season, after finishing fourth last year.
Baylor's fourth and fifth-place runners on the men's side, Derwin Graham (19:54.3 to 19:26.6) and Jonathan Tijerina (19:55.4 to 19:28.2), improved their times by a combined 54.9 seconds from last year's season opener.
Kyle Scanlan has been a scoring runner in all six of his collegiate races.
STAT OF THE MEET
5 - The number of freshmen that Baylor had finish in its top eight runners on the women's side.
TWEET OF THE MEET
"They all ran well. Rachel (Johnson) did what I expected her to do. She is in the best shape she has ever been in. Our freshmen did a great job today. They are going to be tough and have some fun for the next four years. They are a special group and we are excited to see what they can do." - Baylor Head Coach Todd Harbour on the women's team
Baylor will be off next weekend, before the women's team returns to action with select student-athletes traveling to the Iowa Invite on Sept. 13 and others competing at the UTA Season Opener on Sept. 14. The men's squad will not be back in action until Sept. 28 at the North Texas Invite.