COLLEGE STATION — The Baylor cross country teams fell short of reaching the NCAA stage in the team race, but the women’s program will still be represented at next week’s NCAA meet.
Baylor sophomore Anna West and junior Lindsey Bradley finished third and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships on Friday at the Watts Cross Country Course, punching their tickets to the NCAA Championships.
As a team, the Baylor women finished third with 116 points behind Arkansas (35) and Texas (93). The top two teams at each of nine regional meets earn automatic berths in the 31-team NCAA field, and 13 additional teams are added as at-large selections. The at-large berths will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday.
West completed the 6,000-meter course in 19:40.0, while Bradley came in just behind at 19:42.3. Their finishes were good enough to advance to the NCAAs as individuals, giving Baylor multiple individual performers at nationals for the first time since 2010.
“They ran great. Everyone had their personal best today,” Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “We had our fastest average for a 6K this season, but team-wise it wasn’t quite good enough for us. Texas was very strong.”
Sophomore Gabby Satterlee finished 20th in a time of 20:33.7 for the first all-region performance of her career. Rounding out Baylor’s scoring runners were Brooke Gilmore in 30th (20:50.2) and Sarah Antrich in 60th (21:34.6).
Baylor’s men finished ninth in the team race, led by Devin Meyrer’s ninth-place effort. Meyer clocked 30:13 in the 10,000-meter race.
Meyrer earned the second all-region finish of his career, and fell just one spot of qualifying individually for the NCAA meet. The top four individuals not on an advancing team qualify, and Meyrer was the fifth. He could be a candidate for an at-large berth to nationals, though BU coach Jon Capron said, “I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but we will see.”
Matt Parham turned in his best scoring performance this season, finishing 39th with a time of 31:21.6.
The NCAA Championships will be held Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky.