WACO, Texas – Baylor women’s cross country will compete at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour Friday afternoon on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis.
The 6,000-kilometer course will begin at 12:20 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FloTrack to paid subscribers. 33 teams are slated to race in Madison, including 16 ranked opponents and seven others receiving votes.
“It’s going to be an outstanding meet. We’re trying to continue to improve,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “We felt like we ran well at Notre Dame. It wasn’t great, but it was solid. We would like to improve upon that and have consistent performances in our top five runners.”
The Bears look to build off the team’s third-place finish at the Aggieland Open last weekend and their top-10 finish at the Joe Piane Invitational in South Bend, Ind. earlier this month. In South Bend, Baylor defeated its first ranked opponent in then-No. 12 Notre Dame and had two runners finish in the top 20 – Lindsey Bradley and Anna West.
“We’re a very young team, so some of them are still learning how to get out and race in that kind of field when you have that many athletes, but it’s the same type of field you will see at the NCAA meet,” Harbour said. “So, we’ve got to get better than we were at Notre Dame. That’s our goal.”
In just eight years, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational has established itself as one of the nation's premier collegiate meets.
Last season, BU beat seven ranked teams to earn fifth at the meet, including No. 6 Michigan State, No. 10 Boise State, No. 15 BYU, No. 17 Yale, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 19 San Francisco and No. 20 Syracuse. The Bears had four runners in the top 31 of the race, including No. 15 Lindsey Bradley (20:30.9) and No. 31 Anna West (20:45.2).
Baylor women’s cross country received votes in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll.
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