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Baylor’s cross country will host the Big 12 cross country championship on Saturday. The meet will take place at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco. Men and women’s cross country teams will compete in the race. In their last meet of the regular season, women’s cross country placed 31st as a team while the men came in 49th. Junior Rachel Johnson and senior Brad Miles led their teams, placing 59 and 198 respectively.
“I always read Psalms 18 before I go out and race,” junior cross country runner Rachel Johnson said. “It talks about God giving us strength. It’s a really good thing to read, I think, just to get focused and just see that I should be running for God and not myself.”
Call it superstition, luck or simply faith, Johnson’s ritual of preparing for a meet has worked.
The No. 25 men’s and No. 17 women’s track and field teams are competing at the 2013 Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic on Saturday. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Hart-Patterson Track Complex in Waco.
After a successful meet at the Texas Relays last weekend, the No. 23 men’s and No 14 women’s track and field teams turn their attention to the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.; home of the relay teams that bettered the Bears twice last weekend. This will be the team’s first Florida Relay.
The Bears join athletes from a variety of levels and states this week in Austin for the 86th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the second-largest track and field meet in the U.S.
The Texas Relays are held at the University of Texas. Events are held at the high school, college, university and invitational levels.
Baylor has a history of solid performances at the Texas Relays, especially with regard to the relay teams. Last year, the men’s team earned the title in one of the sprint medley relays.
The track and field team is hosting its first home meet of the season in the Baylor Quad Invitational today, an all-day outdoor event at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex.
The invitational meet will start at 11 a.m. with running events commencing at 1:30 p.m. The meet concludes at 5:20 this evening with the 4×400-meter relays.
Tiffani McReynolds turned in the best race of her career in the 60-meter hurdles, but it still wasn’t quite enough to claim a national championship.
Nevertheless, second place isn’t too bad.
Baylor track and field is sending 10 athletes and one relay alternate to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend.
Altogether, the team is scheduled for six events, including three individual women’s events, two individual men’s events and one men’s relay.
The Baylor men’s and women’s cross-country teams persevere not only through distance running but long hours of academic work as well.
On Monday, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced that both teams had received All-Academic honors.
Junior Ben Allen said he loves when cross-country gets awards because few of the team’s athletes go professional.
The Baylor track and field team will compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships this weekend and hope to both keep titles and reclaim them.
Unlike the previous meets this season, the Big 12 Championship is a team meet. Until now, track and field athletes have been competing for individual scores and ranking. This weekend in Iowa, the team has a chance to pull together and work toward one win as a whole.