Sept. 28, 2013
DENTON, Texas - The Baylor men's cross country team finished second, while the BU women took third at the North Texas Invitational on Saturday.
The Bears were led by senior Brad Miles, who won the men's four-mile race in a time of 20:16.64.
Behind Miles were Derwin Graham (20:49.15), JR Hardy (20:56.71), Kyle Scanlan (20:58.01) and Matt Cochran (21:00.80), who finished in places 7-10, respectively, for a total team score of 35. That however wasn't enough to claim the team title as North Texas runners claimed spots 2-6 to take the crown with only 20 total points.
The women were led by Sarah Guhl, who was ninth overall in a time of 18:49.33, in the 5K race. Baylor's other scoring runners included Erika Overbeck (11th, 18:52.48), Lindsey Smith (13th, 19:06.39), Lauren Hierholzer (14th, 19:19.60) and Christina Brown (20th, 19:46.71).
As team the Lady Bears tallied 66 total points to finish 25 points behind second-place North Texas.
Miles won his second career meet, after capturing the individual title at the UTA Season Opener in 2011.
Baylor had a total of 16 girls competing in the meet, while the men only had seven runners.
There were three men's teams (Baylor, North Texas, and TCU) and five women's teams (Baylor, North Texas, SMU, Southeastern Oklahoma State and TCU) at the meet.
In total, there were 36 men and 53 women competing at the event.
All seven of BU men's runners finished in the top 17 with Jonathan Tijerina taking 12th (21:11.32) and Chris McElroy placing 17th (21:29.89).
Kyle Scanlan has been a scoring runner in all seven of his collegiate races.
STAT OF THE MEET
3 - The number of individual titles that the Baylor cross country team has won in 2013 following Miles' victory on Saturday. Rachel Johnson won both the Bear Twilight Invitational and the Iowa Black & Gold Invite earlier this year.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Both of our teams ran well today. Brad raced very tough." - Baylor head cross country coach Todd Harbour
TOP QUOTE #2
"It was good to get Brad to the front of the pack. The rest of my pack needs to move a little more in the middle of the race, but overall my guys competed hard." - Baylor assistant cross country coach Jon Capron
Next week, the men and women will split for competition on Oct. 4-5. The women's team will travel to the Notre Dame Invitational at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4, while the men will run at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 5.