Cross country places as host; Flowers runs personal-best

By Laurean Love

The Baylor men’s team finished second and the women’s team finished fourth on Saturday as the cross country team hosted the Baylor Invitational.

Senior Zac Flowers ran his personal best for the season with a time of 19:27.6 in the 6,000-meter course. Flowers led the men’s team and gained a 12th-place finish.

The BU men’s team earned 51 points for a second-place finish behind Texas A&M’s 15 points.

The Lady Bears earned 79 points for a fourth-place finish behind third-place North Texas, which earned 68 points and followed second-place UTA with 74 points. Texas A&M won the women’s team title with 18 points.

Freshman Karlee Kleiber led the Lady Bears with a time of 14:55.9 in the 4,000-meter course and gained a 15th-place finish. Senior Samantha Patty came in just two runners after Kleiber with a time of 15:18.5, finishing in 17th place. The Lady Bears’ top five rested for next week’s meet in Toledo, Ohio.

Following Flowers on the men’s team was sophomore Taylor Jackson in 16th place with a time of 19:49.4, freshman Derwin Graham in 17th place at 19:50.2 and sophomore Brad Miles in 18th place at 19:50.8.

The Baylor teams will be back on the road 5:30 p.m. Friday in Toledo at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Ottawa Park.