Oct. 29, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's cross country had a tough day, placing ninth and 10th overall, respectively, at the Big 12 Championships on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
On the men's side, Baylor finished in ninth place with 274 points, while Oklahoma State claimed the conference crown for the fourth consecutive season. On the women's side, Baylor totaled 214 points to finish 10th, while Iowa State knocked off defending champion Texas Tech for the title.
"Overall, we just didn't have our best race today," head coach Todd Harbour said. "The effort was there for us, but it was a very fast day out there on both sides. Some of the times were incredible, and now we just have to refocus ourselves to the regional meet on our home course."
Individually, senior Zac Flowers led the men's team just one spot ahead of sophomore teammate Brad Miles. Flowers place 56th, covering the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 24.7 seconds, while Miles was one spot and five seconds back.
For the women, a pair of freshman in Erin Hegarty and Rachel Johnson took top honors for the Lady Bears. Hegarty was able to crack the top 30 in 29th with a 6,000-meter time of 20:50.2. Johnson came in next for Baylor with a 37th-place time of 20:58.0.
Sophomore Robyn Bennett, who qualified individually for last season's NCAA Championships, place 49th with a time of 21:20.7. Senior Kristen Hanselka was 52nd with a time of 21:24.7 and senior Cate Westenhover placed 59th at 21:34.3.
Baylor will have one off-weekend before hosting the NCAA South Central Regonall on No. 12 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas.