Sept. 29, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind.– In one of its elite meets on the season, Baylor’s cross country teams will take on a total of 14 ranked teams at the 56th annual Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at the University of Notre Dame.
The event will feature five races, including four varsity and one junior varsity race at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course. The women’s races will cover 5,000 meters, while the men will navigate a five-mile course. Baylor will be in the top-level blue races on both sides, beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET/3:15 CT with the women followed by the men.
In the women’s Blue Division, the Lady Bears will take on six ranked teams, including No. 2 New Mexico, No. 7 Florida State, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 22 Princeton, No. 28 Penn State and No. 29 BYU. In the men’s blue race, BU will face No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 3 Stanford, No. 10 Florida State, No. 12 Princeton, No. 14 BYU, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 25 Ohio State and No. 26 Eastern Kentucky.
Baylor’s women are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Toledo Inter-Regional, where they were led by a 20th-place finish from Cate Westenhover and defeated two regionally-ranked teams.
Westenhover has led the team in each of her two races this season, while freshman Rachel Johnson has been the next Lady Bear across the line in both races. Including both Westenhover and Johnson, six of Baylor’s seven runners at Toledo turned in a season-best at 4,000 meters.
On the men’s side, Baylor will enter the meet fresh off a bye-week after competing three consecutive weeks to open the season. Senior Zac Flowers, along with a pair of sophomores in Brad Miles and Taylor Jackson, have served as the experience for a young and talented group.
Freshmen Derwin Graham and Alex Le Roux have made consistent contributions to round out the top five. Jonathan Tijerina and Blake Niccum have also emerged as contenders for the Bears’ top five.