Senior Kristen Hanselka
Sept. 10, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas- Sophomore Brad Miles outdistanced the field by 14 seconds and the Baylor men dominated the field at the UTA Season Opener on Saturday at Vandergriff Park in Arlington, Texas. The BU women placed third overall as a team.
Miles led a 1-2 finish with freshman Derwin Graham for the men, helping Baylor score just 19 points, 30 better than second-place UTA's 49. The women, who were running without their top four runners from the opening weekend, had three of the top 11 finishers on the way to a third-place finish. Baylor was 14 points behind SMU's 38 and nine behind TCU's 43.
"Both squads ran really well," head coach Todd Harbour said. "With all the dry weather, the course was in tough shape, but UTA did a good job of getting the course ready. The men executed a really good gameplan that Coach Capron had for them. The ladies ran well, Robyn and Leah had really good races. I was really pleased with the way we went up there and fought with that crew against some solid teams."
A native of Hatfield, Pa., Miles led the men for the second week in a row and finished 14 seconds ahead of his second-place teammate Graham at 20 minutes 26 seconds on the four-mile course. The team win also marks the second year in a row BU has won the meet at UTA.
Freshman Alex Le Roux continued his promising start to the season as the next Bear across the line in seventh place at 21:08, just one second ahead of sophomore teammate Jonathan Tijerina. Junior Blake Niccum rounded out the Baylor top five in 11th place at 21:15.
For the women, a trio of runners finished in a row, taking three of the top 11 places. Senior Kristen Hanselka was the top finisher in ninth, covering the two-mile course in 11:20. Mariah Kelly, a redshirt freshman, was 10th at 11:21 and sophomore Robyn Bennett placed 11th at 11:25.
Leah Frazier and Lindsay Warner completed Baylor's top five, placing 14th and 15th, respectively. Frazier was 14th with a time of 11:53, while Warner was just one second back in 15th. The women's top four runners from the opening weekend sat out to rest for the tough upcoming schedule that features three more meets in the next three weeks.
Baylor will be back at home next weekend, hosting the Baylor Invitational on Sept. 17 at the BU Intramural Fields. Meet and course information can be found on the cross country page at www.BaylorBears.com.