Oct. 5, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After battling through muddy conditions and a 75-minute weather delay the Baylor men's cross country team placed sixth, while the women were 8th on Saturday at the Chile Pepper Festival.
Running on an 8K-course, the men were paced by senior Brad Miles, who was 38th overall in a time of 25:31.9. Miles has been the first runner across the finish line for BU in all three of his races this fall. Behind Miles were sophomore Matthew Cochran (25:55.8) and junior Jonathan Tijerina (26:08.03). Sophomore J.R. Hardy (26:08.3) and Derwin Graham (26:13.6) were BU's final two scoring runners finishing 72nd and 77th overall, respectively.
That group tallied a total 161 points, which was 47 points behind LMU for fifth place and 27 points ahead of seventh-place UALR.
For the women on a 5K-course, Lauren Hierholzer was the top BU runner as she took 83rd in a time of 19:21.3. She was followed by Jenna Henrich (19:37.1) and Gretta Smith (19:44.3), who were 104th and 110th, respectively. Senior Kristina Brown was fourth for the Lady Bears in a time of (19:44.5) to be 113th overall. The final BU scoring runner was Kimberly Walbek, who was 126th in a time of 19:55.4.
Those five runners posted a team score of 230, which was 26 points behind seventh-place Oklahoma.
Baylor had a total of eight girls competing in the meet, while the men only had seven runners.
STAT OF THE MEET
.02 - The time between when Gretta Smith (19:44.3) and Kristina Brown (19:44.5) crossed the finish line.
TOP QUOTE #1
"While the team result was good on the guy's side we feel like we can run a lot better. The conditions were very tough. We were up to knee deep in mud in a couple of places and it was very hard to pass. The meet managers did a great job pulling the meet off with all the rain that they got." - Baylor assistant coach Jon Capron on the men's result
TOP QUOTE #2
"They did a good job of getting in there and mixing it up. I was really proud of the way they started. They definitely put themselves out there and raced hard. I was pleased with their effort." - Baylor assistant coach Jon Capron on the men's result
The Baylor mean and women will be off next weekend, before returning to competition on Oct. 19 at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.