Oct. 4, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Baylor women's cross country team placed 14th out of 24 teams at the 58th-annual Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
Competing at Notre Dame's Burke Golf Course on a 5K course, the Lady Bears battled humid conditions to total 353 points. That total was just two behind 13th-place finisher Ohio State (351). Florida State won the team title with 77 overall points.
Individually, junior Rachel Johnson (17:28.0) was 14th overall. The Plano, Texas-native has led BU in each of her three races this fall. Freshman Maggie Montoya (17:51.0) was the second Lady Bear across the finish line in 41st-place as she continued her solid fall with her third straight scoring performance.
Sophomore Erin Hegarty has also been a scoring runner for BU in all three of her meets in 2013. She was the third Baylor runner across the line on Friday as she took 69th overall in a time of 18:11.3.
BU's other two scoring runners, freshman Alex Davis (18:29.5), who was running for only the second time this fall, and Bree Schrader (18:50.3), were 101st and 136th, respectively.
Johnson has been BU's top runner in 10 of 14 career races, including of three of three in 2013.
Baylor had a total of nine girls competing in the event against a field of 198 runners from 24 teams.
Three Baylor runners (Mariah Kelly, Sofia Pitouli and Madie Zimmerman) that finished in BU's top eight at the Bear Twilight Invitational did not compete for the Lady Bears at Notre Dame.
STAT OF THE MEET
11- Baylor was one of only 11 teams at the meet to have two runners finish inside the top 41.
"Rachel had a good race again. She fell asleep in the middle of it and then she came back really hard at the end and closed really well. Overall, the conditions were pretty tough with humidity being really high. We got a couple runners banged up right now, who we need to get healthy. We are not happy with the result, but everyone competed really hard and put themselves in it. There was just too big of disparity between our No. 1 and No. 5 runners today. We have to close that." - Baylor Head Coach Todd Harbour
The Baylor women will be off next weekend, before returning to competition on Oct. 19 at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.