Baker track athletes break records
The Baker University indoor track teams competed Feb. 18-19 at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, in the Heart of America Athletic Conference indoor meet. The teams set three new school records and one conference record. Liesel Kirk was named the conference's Most Valuable Women's Athlete and Coach Matt Candrl was voted conference Women's Coach of the Year.
Kirk, a sophomore from Topeka, finished first in the 3000m and the 5000m with times of 10:57.60 and 18:31.84 respectively. She finished second in the 1600m at 5:20.79. Morgan Ouimette, a sophomore from Grandview, Mo., took first in the 1000m at 3:03.99. She also participated on the 4x800 Relay and Distance Medley teams which both finished first with times of 9:52.95 and 13:12.32.
Jessica Walters, a senior from Salina, set the conference record in the Pentathlon with a mark of 3.325 points, breaking the record by more than 130 points and her previous school record by more than 600 points. Renee Sudduth, a sophomore from Harveyville, bettered her previous record in the weight throw by with a distance of 43-1. Candace Fortney, a senior from El Dorado Springs, Mo., set a new school record in the pole vault at 8-0, beating the mark of 7-4.
Bobby Breon, a senior from Joplin, Mo., Toby Leach, a sophomore from Lawrence, Kevin Schmidt, a sophomore from Shawnee, and Brock Stumpff, a junior from Edgerton, finished second in the 4x800 Relay with a time of 8:10.96. The 4x400 Relay team of Breon, Leach, Schmidt and Matt Neal, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., finished third at 3:30.59. In the 600m, Breon took third and Schmidt took fifth with times of 1:24.07 and 1:26.20 respectively.
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