IRVING, Texas -
For the first time since 2008, a Baylor women's cross country athlete has been honored as the Big 12 Runner of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. Sophomore Rachel Johnson
was awarded the accolade following a first-place finish in the Bear Twilight Invitational.
The Plano, Texas-product ran the four-kilometer course in a school-record time of 13.28.5 to finish nearly 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Johnson's 2012 time was 45 seconds ahead of her pace from last season's Bear Twilight Invitational.
The sophomore's win, plus top-20 finishes from four other Baylor runners, gave the Bears the meet's team title against a field that included runners from three schools in the top eight of the South Central regional rankings (SMU, TCU and Texas A&M).
The last Baylor women's runner to be recognized by the conference was Erin Bedell on Sept. 23, 2008. In the 16-year history of the Big 12, BU female runners have been honored 16 times.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to the UTA Season Opener in Arlington, Texas.