Nov. 1, 2013
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's and women's cross country teams will host the 18th-annual Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
"It is really special for us to be able to host this event," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Our guys are ready to run, while our ladies are still looking to put a complete race together. I think we have them all healthy and they are ready to have their best performance of the year."
This marks the second time Baylor has hosted the event, after hosting in 2005 as well.
The conference meet kicks off at 10 a.m. CT with the men's 8,000-meter race. The women's 6,000-meter run will follow at 11 a.m. CT. The event is free and open to the public.
The top men's and women's teams are crowned league champions, while the top 15 individuals in each race earn All-Big 12 honors. The top newcomer in each race will earn Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Baylor will look to improve on last season's seventh-place men's and eighth-place woman's showing. That men's placing was its highest finish since 2004, while the women had then-sophomore Rachel Johnson place eighth to earn the program's 19th All-Big 12 finish.
The Baylor men will have eight athletes in action led by senior Brad Miles, who has been the top runner for the Bears in all four of his races this fall. Veterans Derwin Graham and Jonathan Tijerina, along with BU's sophomore quartet of Matt Cochran, JR Hardy, Chris McElroy and Kyle Scanlan, have also contributed for the Bears this year. Freshman Jordan West will get his first experience in a conference meet to round out the Baylor contingent. The Bears finished third at the Bear Twilight Invitational, second at the North Texas Invitational, sixth at the Chile Pepper Festival and 49th at the Pre-National Invitational.
For the women, junior Rachel Johnson has been the top finisher for Baylor in all four of the races she has competed in. She took top individual honors at both the Bear Twilight Invitational and the Iowa Black & Gold Invite.
Freshmen Alex Davis and Maggie Montoya have also been in the top-five runners for BU in all the races that have competed in this fall. The rest of Baylor's allotment of 10 runners includes Sarah Guhl, Erin Hegarty, Mariah Kelly, Erica Overbeck, Bree Schrader, Lindsey Smith and Peyton Thomas.
Following the Big 12 meet, the Bears will host the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, with their top seven runners in action Nov. 15 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
Live results plus a recap and video highlights of the Big 12 Championships will be available on BaylorBears.com for the event.
To stay current on all things Baylor cross country, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.