Boys' Cross Country
Baylor has a strong history in the sport of boys' cross country as many of the facts listed below indicate. With eight state championships as a team, seven individual state titles, and undisputed local dominance, success in cross country is expected at Baylor.
Baylor runners compete at the varsity and junior varsity levels in the Upper School, with the varsity team competing in the Chattanooga Cross Country League and the TSSAA Division II East region. Baylor also fields a Middle School team for grades 6-8.
Fast Facts on Baylor Boys Cross Country
- Baylor has been back-to-back state champs three times, winning titles in 1986, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2008.
- Baylor was state runner-up in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2003.
- Six Baylor runners have won the individual state championship seven times - Jamey Gifford (1995, 1996), Brad Wharton (2000), Waldo DuPlessis (2007), Bill Matthews (2008), Brandon Lord (2009), and Simon Holden (2012).
- Baylor was City Optimist Champion in 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008..
- Baylor was region champion in 2007 and runner-up in 2003.
- Baylor was the Chattanooga Cross Country League champion in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
- In 2002, Baylor finished fifth in the state championship with times that would have won the state 3 of the last 5 years. The Division II field was the fastest and deepest in the history of the meet.
- In 2008, Baylor won the prestigious A. F. Bridges Invitational at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
- Baylor won the McCallie Invitational in 2007 and 2008.
- Baylor won the Tennessee Classic in 2007 and 2010.
- Baylor was fourth, with Simon Holden winning the individual championship at the 2012 ESPN Disney Classic.
- Baylor has boasted the Times Free Press Best of Preps Runner of the Year for four years in a row - Brandon Lord in 2009 and Simon Holden in '10, '11, and '12.
Baylor hosts league and dual meets during the year using the spacious lower fields including a 1.5 mile loop through the woods of the lower campus.