Sept. 29, 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. - In a field with 29 teams and 265 runners, the Baylor men's cross country team finished 16th on Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.
"The race today required a pretty quick started that we aren't really suited for," assistant coach Jon Capron said. "The course was pretty narrow and crowded, so we weren't able to move up very easily. We were a little slower than we needed to be today, but I am not totally disappointed. We all know we can do much better."
For a second time this season, the Bears were led by junior Brad Miles, who finished 76th with a time of 25:48. Two other juniors, Taylor Jackson (26:05) and Ben Allen (26:19), followed Miles finishing 92nd and 112th, respectively. A pair of freshman, Matthew Cochran (26:24) and Kyle Scanlan (26:26), battled to the finish line taking 122nd and 126th to round out BU's top five runners.
"I thought the freshman did well," Capron said. "It is their first eight kilometer race, so it is hard to ask them to start much faster when they haven't run that far ever.
The 39th-annual event was contested on an eight kilometer course, the longest that the Bears have faced this season.
The Bears totaled 436 points to place behind Claremont's 395 point tally and ahead of Master's College, 454.
Host institution Stanford, ranked No. 9 in the country, took first-place at the event with three runners finishing in the top five. John Gilbertson of Master's College won the meet with a time of 24:07.
Baylor will have next weekend off, before competing on Oct. 13 at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.