By Laurean Love
Baylor men’s cross country finished first overall at the UTA Season Opener for the second year in a row, and the women finished third.
Sophomore Brad Miles out-ran the field by 14 seconds at Vandergriff Park in Arlington.
“Both squads ran really well,” head coach Todd Harbour said in the press release. “With all the dry weather, the course was in tough shape, but UTA did a good job of getting the course ready.”
Miles led the four-mile course with a time of 20:26 and was followed by freshman Derwin Graham with a time of 20:44.
The Baylor men won with a total of 19 points, followed by UTA’s 49 points and TCU’s 52 points. Miles led the men’s team for the second meet in a row.
For the women’s two-mile course, senior Kristen Hanselka led the Baylor women’s team and finished ninth overall with a time of 11:20.
Sophomore Robyn Bennett immediately followed Hanselka for a 10th-place finish with a time of 11:21 and the redshirt freshman Mariah Kelly placed 11th with a time of 11:25.
The Baylor women were 14 points behind SMU’s first-place win of 38 points and nine behind TCU’s 43 points.
“The men executed a really good game plan that Coach [Jon] Capron had for them,” Harbour said. “The ladies ran well. Robyn and Leah [Frazier] had really good races. I was really pleased with the way we went up there and fought with that crew against some solid teams.”
The Lady Bears’ top four runners from their first event sat out to rejuvenate for their next three meets.
Baylor hosts the Baylor Invitational 8 a.m. Saturday at the Baylor Intramural Fields.