WACO, Texas -- Baylor cross country had a strong showing at the Bear Twilight Invitational to start the 2017 running season, finishing with 11 runners in the top 25 of the men's 6,000m and women's 4,000m Friday evening at the HOT Soccer Complex.
In her first collegiate race, Brooke Gilmore finished 11th and served as BU's third scoring runner (13:49.7). Sophomores Alison Andrews-Paul (14:23.0) and Hana Marsheck (14:33.1) rounded out the top five for the Bears. The women had a total of 13 runners compete in Friday's meet.
On the men's side, senior Jordan West took home the 6,000m crown with a time of 18:13.2. Sophomore TJ Sugg followed closely after him to finish third (18:16.3), followed by seniors Eric Anderson (18:22.2) and Matt Parham (18:23.2) and junior Sean McCullough who rounded out the top five scoring runner spots. The men had seven runners compete on Friday.
In the team side's dual meet format, the women claimed head-to-head victories over TCU (19-36) and SMU (27-28) while the men had head-to-head wins over TCU (15-45) and North Texas (20-37).
Senior Jordan West and unattached runner Lindsey Bradley claimed the individual crowns.
A total of six women's teams (Baylor, TCU, Abilene Christian, Texas State, SMU, North Texas) and five men's teams (Baylor, North Texas, TCU, Texas State, Abilene Christian) competed at the Bear Twilight Invitational.
The Baylor women were led by four sophomores and one freshman in the top five spots.
The Baylor men had four upperclassmen finish as scoring runners on Friday.
STAT OF THE MEET
11 -- the amount of Baylor runners who finished in the top 25 of their respective races.
"I'm extremely proud of my team's execution. We've been working on running out of our comfort zone. They were able to do that tonight. Some got great results out of it, and others will reap the benefits later. Jordan (West) ran great. The seniors ran well and the freshmen had good days too. I'm very pleased." --assistant head coach Jon Capron
The Bears take a week off from competition before traveling to Denton to compete at the Ken Garland Invitational on Sept. 16.