WACO, Texas -- Led by three All-Big 12 performers, Baylor women's cross country finished fifth while the men finished sixth at the Big 12 Championship Saturday morning at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas.
On the men's side, Iowa State took the team title ahead of Texas, nine-time defending champion Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma and TCU.
Sophomore Devin Meyrer earned his first career conference honors with a 12th-place finish in the men's 8,000-meter race with a time of 24:22.8. Meyrer is the third Bear to earn All-Big 12 honors and is the first male runner since Bo Price's 2004 performance to come home with cross country hardware.
Behind him, senior Eric Anderson had his highest finish as a scoring runner as he finished 34th with a time of 24:53.3. The other three scoring runners included TJ Sugg (46th -- 25:12.8), Matt Parham (53rd -- 25:23.6) and Jordan West (54th -- 25:24.1). This was Parham's first scoring performance of the season.
Freshman Jeremy Meadows finished 60th with a time of 25:41.7, followed by Sean McCullough in 63rd (25:49.2), Sam Sahli in 64th (25:55.3) and Connor Laktasic in 65th (25:56.2). Seth Brown did not finish the race.
On the women's side, Iowa State earned the title followed by Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas State and TCU.
Sophomore Anna West had a runner-up finish in the women's 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:06.8. Right behind her in third was junior Lindsey Bradley with a time of 20:09.5. Both Bears earned their second-straight All-Big 12 honor after finishing in the top 15 a season ago.
Also competing for BU was Alison Andrews Paul in 68th (22:37.6), Madelaine Johnston in 71st (22:43.6), Lindsay Walton in 76th (22:57.6), Kasey Kinzel in 79th (23:05.7) and Haley Everroad in 82nd (23:10.7).
Devin Meyrer is the first Bear since Bo Price in 2004 to earn All-Big 12 honors at the conference meet and third runner in program history.
This is the second consecutive year that multiple Bears on the women's side earned All-Big 12 honors in the same meet.
Anna West and Lindsey Bradley are the ninth and 10th runners in program history to record multiple top-15 performances at the conference meet.
Eric Anderson was the second scoring runner for the first time this season, finishing 34th.
Sarah Antrich was the final scoring runner in her first collegiate race, finishing 60th.
The men's squad finished one spot higher in the team standings than a season ago. The women's team finished fifth for the second consecutive season.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Pretty much same song, same dance. Anna (West) and Lindsey (Bradley) were outstanding. For Anna, it was by far the best race she's had in her collegiate career. It was a huge breakthrough for her. Lindsey had battled strep throat all week, so it was a huge performance for her just coming off of that. Those two girls were amazing. Both of them had an outstanding day. Gabby (Satterlee) was solid, and so was Brooke (Gilmore). Sarah (Antrich) ran her first-ever collegiate race. It was a good day all around, but not quite good enough team wise. We hope to get a little higher finish. Overall, they did a great job. I'm proud of them." --head coach Todd Harbour on the women's team
TOP QUOTE #2
"We're a little disappointed with the results. We thought we could have been a little higher, but I'm not disappointed in our effort. We wanted to do a little better. We thought we had a chance at fourth, but K-State and Texas Tech ran pretty well. I'm really rpoud of Devin (Meyrer). We put ourselves up and in it, and we ran really well early on. We didn't end up where we wanted to be but we were close. We didn't have the race we wanted for a couple of our guys. It was a little different of a course. This 2K course was a little different -- I think the results turned out a little differently for some other schools as well. Lots of different things happened today." --assistant head coach Jon Capron on the men's performance
The Bears rest up before competing at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships on Nov. 10 at College Station, Texas.
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