Sept. 20, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Baylor women's cross country team won the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday night in the squad's second competition of the season. The meet was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but poor weather conditions due to Hurricane Ike postponed the meet.
The Lady Bears finished with 32 total points, well ahead of SMU and Rice who finished with 60 and 63 points, respectively.
"This was a good meet for us to run in to see how we have improved over the last few weeks," said head coach Todd Harbour. I thought Erin came out and ran really well. It looks as though she is about as close to 100% as she has been in the past couple of years."
Erin Bedell led the Bears, finishing second overall with a time of 17:09.79. Danielle Bradley finished fourth overall in 17:15.42, while Nichole Jones took sixth with a time of 17:26.79. The Bears had four runners in the Top 10, and seven runners placed in the top 20 runners overall.
"Our women's team is very deep this year," said Harbour. "We have about eight or 10 quality athletes competing for our top five spots right now. Danielle and Nichole have been solid all year. Jessi Barnes and Renae Van Wyhe have been running very strong since the summer."
Baylor entered the race ranked third in the South Central Region behind Arkansas and Rice.
Jeff Sadler led the men's team with a ninth-place overall finish. The sophomore from Waco set a time of 25:04.30 over the eight-kilometer course.
"Jeff Sadler keeps improving with every race," said Harbour. "I thought that Robbie and Brandon also ran well. We are still a little bit banged up on the men's side with sickness and injuries. Once we get some guys back we should be in pretty good shape."
The men's team returns to action on Sept. 27 at the Stanford Invitational, while the women's squad will compete at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 3.