Oct. 13, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Baylor women's cross country team finished 26th out of 38 teams on Saturday at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park.
On the 6,000-meter course that will later host the national championship meet, the Bears were paced by sophomore Rachel Johnson. For the fourth time in four meets, Johnson was the first Bear across the finish line in a time of 20:59.6. Johnson improved on her six-kilometer time from last month's Roy Griak Invitational by 45 seconds.
Mariah Kelly was the second runner across for Baylor in 21:43.1 to place 115th. Bree Schrader was only 11 places behind her teammate in a time of 21:49.2. The two sophomores have been in the top five in all four races this season for the Bears. Senior Leah Frazier came in 180th overall with a time of 22:14.7 to be Baylor's fourth scoring runner.
In the final scoring spot for BU was sophomore Courtney Cox, who tallied her first top-five run for Baylor this year. Cox posted a time of 23:25.1 to finish in 245th place.
Those five runners totaled 709 points for the Bears to beat out the 722 points of Big 12 foe Kansas State. BU finished behind Oregon State's 696 point total.
Wichita State's Aliphin Tuliamuk-Bolton took first with a time of 19:43.9 and Florida State was the top team with a total of 72 points.
Baylor will now take next week off, before heading to Austin, Texas, for the Big 12 Championships on Oct. 27.