Sept. 29, 2012
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Sophomores Rachel Johnson and Erin Hegarty both finished in the top 30 to help the Baylor women's cross country team place in a tie for eighth at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
"We had a good day with Rachel and Erin running very well," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Actually, we had four girls, who ran pretty good races. We just didn't have anybody who ran well at the fifth spot, which hurt our team finish."
Johnson, who had won her first two races of the season, captured a 14th place finish by completing the six-kilometer course in 21:45. Hegarty was just a little over 20 seconds behind her teammate with a time of 22:07 to finish 27th.
Fellow sophomores Mariah Kelly and Bree Schrader ran 15 spots apart in 55st and 70th place, respectively. Kelly took 22:41 to complete the course, while Schrader finished in 23:00.
"It was a good field, but Rachel got out and ran well," Harbour said. "We maybe went out a little fast in the first 1,000 meters, but Rachel, Erin, Bree and Mariah did a good job fighting through that.
Freshman Hailey Blackwell was the next BU runner to finish as she turned in a time of 24:28 to take 140th.
Baylor had two other runners, who were vying for the fifth and final scoring spot in the lineup, but Kim Kirby got tripped at the three-kilometer mark and had to drop out of the race, while junior Leah Frazier faltered with about 600 meters remaining.
The Bears scored a total of 253 points to tie with James Madison.
The 27th-annual event was won by Iowa State as the Cyclones had four runners place in the top 15, including the overall individual winner, Betsy Saina, in a time of 20:51.
Baylor will have next weekend off, before seven women's runners head to the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13 in Lexington, Ky., and the rest of the squad competes at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.