Sept. 9, 2007
PROVO, Utah - Nichole Jones won her second race of the season to lead the Baylor women's cross country team to a dominating win at the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday morning.
"Our girls ran a really smart race today," said head coach Todd Harbour. "They really attacked from the beginning of the race. They formed a pack at the beginning of the race and really worked for each other throughout the race."
Jones, the unanimous Big 12 Track and Field Freshman of the Year in 2007, took individual medalist honors with a winning time of 17:47.1 over the 5K course. Last weekend, Jones won the Baylor Twilight Invitational and received Big 12 Runner of the Week.
"Nichole was a great distance runner in high school, but then in the spring we really worked a lot on her speed," said Harbour. "She has just gotten stronger and stronger, and both of her races this season have been very controlled."
Lauren Hagans (Little Rock, Ark.) took second place, after overtaking BYU's top runner in the last straightaway. She recorded a time of 17:51.5
Jessi Barnes (Bentonville, Ark.) finished in third with a time of 17:52.7. The third place showing marked the highest finish in Barnes' career.
"Jessi really had the race of her life," said Harbour. "She came back from summer break in great shape and it has really shown in the first two races. She has been really impressive."
Lyndsy Bedell (Plano, Texas) and Kristen McGlynn (Bailey, Colo.) rounded out the top five runners for Baylor with times of 17:54.6 and 17:58.5, respectively. The spread between the Lady Bears' first and fifth finishers was just over 11 seconds.
"Both Lyndsy and Kristen ran really tough today," said Harbour. "Kristen has been battling with some nagging injuries, but she is a tough kid and really ran well today."
Erin Bedell (Plano, Texas) took 11th place for the Lady Bears with a time of 18:17.6.
"We know that it's just a matter of time before Erin returns to her old form," said Harbour. "She's coming back, and really came on strong today."
"We really appreciate everything that Coach Shane and BYU did for us this weekend," said Harbour. "He is a quality man and runs a top-notch program. We were really honored to be invited to this race."
The Bears will return to action next weekend as selected runners will compete at the UNT Invitational. Baylor's full squads will be back in action on Sept. 28 as the men run in the Stanford Invitational and the women compete in the Notre Dame Invitational.