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Men's XC Finishes 13th at Chile Pepper Festival

Blake Niccum

Oct. 13, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In preparation for the Big 12 cross country championships, Baylor's men's team recorded a 13th place finish at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Saturday at Agri Park.

"There were a couple of schools we would have liked to pick off, but we beat all of the ones we should have," assistant coach Jon Capron said. "I would like to be up a little more, but overall it was a pretty solid day."

For the third time in four races this season, Brad Miles led the Baylor contingent of runners with a 63rd-place finish in a time of 32:22.6. Blake Niccum finished 67th in 32:24.2, while Kyle Scanlan ran the meet in 32:43.2 to rank 87th. Taylor Jackson and Matthew Cochran were the final scoring runners for the Bears as they ran a 32:58.1 and 33:01.3 to come in 104th place and 108th place, respectively.

"We need a little better push up front," Capron said. "Our middle and back runners are faster than other people's middle and back runners, but other teams have guys in the teens and we didn't have anybody up there."

The Bears totaled 336 points to finish behind UTSA's 317 points and ahead of North Texas' 353 points.

The race included 34 teams and a total of 313 runners.

The 10,000-meter run was won by Oklahoma State as the Cowboys had five runners in the top six to score 20 points. Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka won the meet with a time of 28:53.0.

Select members of Baylor's women's team also competed at the Chile Pepper event as the squad's top runners were in Louisville, Ky., at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet.

The Baylor women were 26th of 43 teams with a team total of 739 points. Lauren Hierholzer paced the Bears by finishing 122nd in a time of 23:23.0. Brittany OgunMokun was the second Baylor runner across the finish line in 142nd place in a time of 23:41.3. The three remaining Baylor runners were Erika Overbeck (No. 175) in a time of 24:10.9, Sarah Guhl (No. 186) in 24:24.6 and Jenna Henrich (No. 208) in 24:41.7.



There were a total of 341 runners in the 6,000-meter race that was won individually by Oklahoma's Jess Engel (20:42.1), while the Arkansas women won the meet as a team with 58 points.

Baylor will now take next week off, before heading to Austin, Texas, for the Big 12 Conference meet on Oct. 27.

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