WACO, Texas – The Baylor women's cross country squad, led by the All-Big 12 performance of junior Rachel Johnson earned its highest finish since 2008 with a tie for fifth, while the men's team placed seventh on Saturday in the 18th-annual Big 12 Cross Country Championships at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
Johnson, who earned all-league honors for a second straight season, placed 10th overall in a career-best time of 20:55.1 on the 6,000-meter course. Behind Johnson freshman Maggie Montoya was 20th in a time of 21:24.0, while fellow freshman Alex Davis was a little over five seconds back with a time of 21:29.1 for 22nd. Baylor's final two scoring runners were Mariah Kelly (21:44.9) and Erin Hegarty (21:47.4) in 36th and 39th place, respectively. Those five runners totaled a team score of 123 to tie K-State for fifth. The Lady Bears were just two points behind Texas (121) and seven points behind Oklahoma State for third (116).
All five of the Baylor men's scoring runners finished in the top 51 of the 81-person field. The group was led by the 39th-place finish of senior Brad Miles, who covered the 8,000-meter course in 24:29.6.
Junior Derwin Graham posted a season-best time in the 8K by nearly 90 seconds with a 41st-place finish in 24:32.5 to be BU's second scoring runner. Senior Jonathan Tijerina was the next Bear to cross the finish line with a season-best time of 24:50.0. A pair of sophomores Matthew Cochran and J.R. Hardy made up Baylor's final two scoring runners with time of 24:59.2 and 25:13.4 to finish 50th and 51st, respectively.
As a team, the Baylor men tallied 196 points to finish in seventh behind Kansas' 123 point total and ahead of Kansas State's 259 point mark.