Sept. 17, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor's cross country teams hosted the Baylor Invitational, finishing second on the men's side and fourth on the women's on Saturday at the BU Intramural Fields in Waco, Texas.
The Baylor men combined for a second-place team finish with 51 points, behind first-place Texas A&M's 15. UT-Arlington was third at 85, while North Texas was fourth at 111. In the women's race, Baylor placed fourth with 79 points, just behind second-place North Texas at 68 and third-place UTA at 74. TAMU also won the women's team title with 18 points.
Senior Zac Flowers had his best race of the season, becoming the top Baylor men's finisher in 12th place. Flowers completed the 6,000-meter course in 19:27.6.
A logjam of BU runners took three consecutive spots starting with sophomore Taylor Jackson in 16th at 19:49.4. Freshman Derwin Graham placed 17th at 19:50.2, while sophomore Brad Miles was 18th at 19:50.8. Sophomore Jonathan Tijerina rounded out the top five in 21st place, clocking a time of 20:04.2.
With a short-handed women's team that rested its top five for next week's meet at Toledo, Baylor got solid leading performances from freshman Karlee Kleiber and senior Samantha Patty. Kleiber was the top Bear finisher in 15th place with a 4,000-meter time of 14:55.9. Patty was just two spots behind, placing 17th with her time of 15:18.5.
The next three Baylor finishers included a sophomore followed by a pair of freshman. Leah Frazier finished 23rd overall at 15:33.1, while Courtney Cox (15:37.8) and Heather Franco (15:39.9) were 24th and 25th for the Bears.
Baylor will be back in action for the fourth of five consecutive weekends at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster. The highly-competitive field is slated to battle on Friday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio.