LEXINGTON, Ky. — Despite running a faster time than last year, Baylor junior Maggie Montoya finished 86th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday.
Montoya completed the 6,000-meter course at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in a time of 20:45.9, a little more than four seconds faster than her time last year, when she finished 44th. But Montoya took 86th this time amid a tough field.
“Maggie is obviously disappointed, but she went for it,” Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “She put herself up there with the leaders through the first 2K, but she just faded down the stretch. There is not much margin for error in this race.”
Indeed, Montoya pushed out with the lead pack at the start of the race, and sat in All-America position at 32nd place through 2,000 meters. But she fell back as the race progressed.
Notre Dame senior Molly Seidel (19:28.6) won the overall women’s title, while Oregon’s Edward Cheserek claimed the 10K title at 28:45.8. Syracuse won the men’s team title, and New Mexico grabbed the women’s crown.