FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Baylor women’s cross country team made up for lost time in a big way.
Disappointed by their performance the last time out at the Big 12 Championships, the Baylor women ran to a second-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regionals on Friday at Agri Park. By finishing in the top two, the Bears advance to the NCAA Championships for the 16th time in program history.
“It was a nice bounce-back week for us knowing that we had a little bit of a tough time at conference,” Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “I thought the ladies responded really well and just did a super job. They did what they needed to do. ... This group has definitely taken some pride in getting us back to the NCAAs. It is not an easy championship to make and Rice ran really, really well. If we had not brought our A-game we would not have been second.”
Arkansas swept the regional titles in both the men’s and women’s division. The Lady Razorbacks tallied a winning score of 48 points, and Baylor was second with 62 with Rice following with 93 points.
On the men’s side, Baylor finished fifth, the program’s best regional effort since a fourth-place showing in 2010.
Baylor senior Maggie Montoya traversed the 6,000-meter course in 20:17.4, four seconds behind the champion Devin Clark of Arkansas. BU sophomore Lindsey Bradley ran 20:24.6 for a third-place finish.
Freshman Anna West (9th, 20:47.7) and senior Peyton Thomas (13th, 20:51.7) also claimed all-region honors for the Bears. (Each of the top 25 runners in the field are named all-region).
Rounding out the scoring runners for Baylor was freshman Gabby Satterlee in 35th.
For the Baylor men, freshman Devin Meyrer turned in a time of 31:03.7 on the 10,000-meter course, coming across the line in 16th. His all-region performance was Baylor’s first since Brad Miles finished 23rd in 2013.
“Devin had an incredible effort,” Baylor coach Jon Capron said. “Doing what he did as a freshman in the 10K is a big ask and he pulled it off.”
After Meyrer, Jordan West ran to a 30th-place finish, while Eric Anderson and Matt League came in 36th and 42nd, respectively. Texas finished second in the men’s race behind Arkansas to earn the other NCAA qualifying spot.
The NCAA meet will be Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.