DENTON, Texas -- With five runners in the top seven finishers, Baylor's men's cross country squad won the team title at the Ken Garland Invitational Saturday at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course. Meanwhile, the BU women were fourth in the meet hosted by the University of North Texas.
The BU men's top-five runners finished all in order, grabbing third through seventh place to post a team total score of 25, which was 23 points ahead of second-place finisher UT Arlington.
The Bears were led for a second-straight race by junior Eric Anderson, who placed third with a time of 20:11.5 over the four-mile course. Behind Anderson, freshman Devin Meyrer was next to cross in 20:15.9, while seniors Jordan West (20:17.8) and Matt League (20:22.3) followed as all three runners were competing in their first race of 2016. Meanwhile, Matthew Parham rounded out the Baylor scoring runners in seventh with a mark of 20:28.1.
On the women's side, the top two runners for BU finished 14th and 15th, respectively. Freshman Hana Marsheck completed the 5,000-meter course in 19:10.1, while fellow freshman Aaliyah Miller finished in 19:13.1.
The Baylor men won its first meet title since placing first in the UT Arlington Season Opener on Sept. 10, 2011.
There were six men's teams and six women's teams (Abilene Christian, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma and TCU) at the meet.
The women's total point score was 96, which was 14 points behind Oklahoma (82) and five points ahead of fifth-place UT Arlington (101).
The women's other scoring runners were Haley Everroad (28th, 19:52.0), Isabella Lackner (32nd, 19:59.1) and Amanda Dillon (40th, 20:18.4).
Baylor women's team didn't run their five top runners, including from the first meet of the season.
TOP QUOTE #1
"The guys had an all-around great day. They packed it in well. Devin did a great job pushing the pace. They ran a really smart race and it was great to see Matt League and Jordan West back in the fold. League and Matt Parham did a lot of work coming home to get up into that top five. It surprised me how hard they all went out, but they were feeling pretty good and are starting to get their feet under them. They all just reacted well to today and it is nice to come away with a W." -- assistant head coach Jon Capron on the men's team
TOP QUOTE #2
"The girls ran pretty well and got some good experience. They did a good job without their normal leadership. It is not the best result, but when you don't run your top crew you kind of expect that." -- assistant head coach Jon Capron on the women's team
Next weekend, the women's squad will compete at the Texas A&M Invitational on Sept. 24 in College Station, Texas, while the men have the weekend off.