Oct. 29, 2016
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Led by three All-Big 12 performers, the Baylor women's cross country team placed fifth at the 21st-annual Big 12 Cross Country Championship Saturday. Meanwhile as a team, the BU men were seventh at the Rawls Golf Course.
For the first time in 2016, the Lady Bears were led by Lindsey Bradley, who placed fifth with a time of 20:43.5. Right behind the Washington transfer for BU was Maggie Montoya, who earned her third-straight All-Big 12 honor, taking sixth in a time of 20:45.6. Baylor's third and final All-Big 12 performer, freshman Anna West grabbed the 15th and final all-conference spot with a time of 21:14.2.
Those five runners totaled a team score of 126 just two points behind Oklahoma (124) for fourth and three points ahead of Kansas (129).
All five of the Baylor men's scoring runners finished in the top 51 of the 80-person field.
Junior Eric Anderson led the way for the Bears with a 31st-place showing in 26:31.4. Senior Jordan West was the next the runner to cross for BU in 26:41.2 to be 39th. Freshman Devin Meyrer was 41st in a time of 26:45.5. BU's final two scoring runners, included Sam Sahli (26:50.3) and Matt Parham (26:50.8), who were 46th and 47th.
As a team, the Baylor men tallied 190 points to finish 63 points behind Oklahoma (127) and 27 points ahead of K-State's 217 point mark.
Montoya is the program's fourth three-time All-Big 12 performer, joining Brittany Brockman (2003-05), Erin Bedell (2005, 2008-09) and Rachel Johnson (2012-14).
Bradley's fifth-place finish is the highest for a BU runner since Montoya was fifth last season. BU has now had five-straight years of having at least one All-Big 12 performer.
Baylor's women were in first-place in the team standings through the first 1.7K, while Montoya held the individual lead.
Anderson has led the BU men in all four of his races this fall.
Oklahoma State took the men's title for an eighth-straight year with 36 points.
Iowa State won the women's crown for the fourth-time in five years with 56 points.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a disappointing day for us, but three in the top-15 is outstanding. The course was tough. Our ladies ran hard, but Peyton (Thomas) went down at 4K. She was in top 10 and running well and I don't know what happened. I don't know if we could have beat Iowa State, but we were running a close second when she went down. Iowa State ran great, so you can take your hats off to them." - head coach Todd Harbour on the women's team
TOP QUOTE #2
"I think we fought really hard. It was a tough course and a tough day for us. The whole pack was just a little farther back than they needed to be. We were about 10 points off per person and that would have made a little bit of a difference. I am happy with our effort, but we were hoping to climb up a little bit and it just didn't happen. I am really proud of Sam (Sahli) for stepping up and running well for us in his first meet of the year." - assistant head coach Jon Capron on the men's team
The Bears will travel to the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, with their top seven runners in action Nov. 11 in Fayetteville, Ark.