Sept. 23, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio– Facing a deep women’s field that featured a total of eight regionally-ranked teams, Baylor’s cross country team finished sixth overall at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio.
After a two-week break for more than half of Baylor’s top runners, the Bears mustered a sixth-place finish in the team race with 152 points. Regional rival Arkansas took the title with 36 points over second-place West Virginia’s 57. The Lady Bears finished ahead of Ohio State and Eastern Michigan.
"We didn't have a bad day, but we didn't have a great day either," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We definitely got some valuable experience racing in a major Division I race. We came in ranked about sixth among these teams and that's exactly where we finished."
Senior Cate Westenhover, who has now led the team in each of her first two races, was the top finisher in 20th-place. Westenhover covered Toledo’s 4,000-meter Ottawa Park course in 13:56.8, 10 seconds faster at that distance than the opening week. Freshman Rachel Johnson was the next across the line for Baylor, placing 22nd and knocking 14 seconds off her previous best with a time of 13:59.5.
Senior Kristen Hanselka and a pair of freshman, Erin Hegarty and Bree Schrader, accounted for the final three spots in the Baylor top five. Hanselka turned in a time of 14:09.4 to place 27th, while Hegarty finished in 14:15.6 for 32nd and Schrader crossed in 14:21.1 to finish 37th.
Baylor’s men and women will both be back in full-squad action at the Adidas Notre Dame Invitational next week on Friday Sept. 30. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Notre Dame Golf Course with a 5,000-meter women’s race and five-mile men’s race.