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Cross Country Readies For Pre-National Invitational

Brad Miles

Oct. 17, 2013

WACO, Texas - In its final race before the Big 12 Championships, the Baylor men’s and women’s cross country teams will run in the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Seven members from each BU squad will compete at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course that will also host next month’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

The Baylor women’s Pre-Nationals team of Alex Davis, Erin Hegarty, Rachel Johnson, Mariah Kelly, Maggie Montoya, Bree Schrader and Peyton Thomas will compete on a six- kilometer course. That race featuring a total of 51 teams will begin at 11:40 a.m.

"We got some people back healthy and this is about as strong as we have been since the season opener," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Everything in workouts says we are in pretty good shape. We need this race experience and it will be critical to our success down the road."

The Baylor women are currently ranked No. 7 in the USTFCCCA's South Central regional rankings and are coming off of a 14th-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 4. The Lady Bears are led by junior Rachel Johnson, who has paced BU in all three of her races this fall.

The BU men’s squad includes Matt Cochran, Derwin Graham, JR Hardy, Chris McElroy, Brad Miles, Kyle Scanlan and Jonathan Tijerina. That group will race on an eight-kilometer course against a field of 52 teams at 11 a.m.

“We are going to know how good we are pretty quick here,” assistant coach Jon Capron said. “Training has been going really well, so I am excited to see what these guys can do in a true race. This is going to be a huge field and the guys have to not get overwhelmed.”

The Baylor men are 10th in the USTFCCCA's South Central regional rankings and finished in sixth at the Chile Pepper Festival in its last meet out on Oct. 5. The Bears are led by senior Brad Miles, who has led BU in all three of his races this fall.

Following this weekend's meet, Baylor will be off next week before hosting the Big 12 Championships on Nov. 2 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. That event is free and open to the public.

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