LUBBOCK – The Baylor women’s cross country team was hoping for a celebratory ride home from West Texas, but it turned out to be a disappointing trip.
No. 12 Baylor entered the Big 12 Championships as the top-ranked team in the field, but finished fifth. Senior Peyton Thomas couldn’t finish the race for the second year in a row, and the Bears couldn’t make up her absence. They were looking for their first Big 12 title.
“It was a disappointing day for us, but three in the top 15 is outstanding,” Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “The course was tough. Our ladies ran hard, but Peyton (Thomas) went down at 4K. She was in top 10 and running well and I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if we could have beat Iowa State, but we were running a close second when she went down. Iowa State ran great, so you can take your hats off to them.”
Iowa State charged to the title, placing four runners in the top 11 and scoring 58 points. Oklahoma State was second with 82, followed by West Virginia (111) and Oklahoma (124).
On the men’s side, Oklahoma State ran to the championship, while Baylor finished seventh.
Baylor’s women were paced by sophomore Lindsey Bradley for the first time this season. Bradley took fifth with a time of 20:43.5. Senior Maggie Montoya came in two seconds behind Bradley and finished sixth, her third straight all-Big 12 performance. Montoya led at the 2K mark – as did the Baylor team – but couldn’t maintain that pace.
Baylor freshman Anna West came in 15th place to nab the final all-conference spot of the race. West logged a time of 21:14.2. After that lead pack, Baylor’s final two scoring runners were freshmen Gabby Satterlee (22:14.2) and Kathryn Foreman (23:11.6) in 43rd and 67th, respectively.
For the Baylor men, junior Eric Anderson led the way in 31st place with a time of 26:31.4.
Next up for both teams is the NCAA South Central Regional on Nov. 11 in Fayetteville, Ark.