Baker Sports Round-up
Womens Golf Sarah Payne, sophomore from Topeka, tied for second at the Dodge City Womens Invitational on Oct. 2 and 3 with a 163. Payne outplayed all other competitors on Par 3s, averaging a 3.13 per hole. Baker finished third overall. Amanda Michel, sophomore from Dodge City, shot a 182 to finish 12th. Jordan Beam-Ward, freshman from Overland Park, tied for 13th with a 177. Marian Rice, sophomore from Cheney, finished 16th with a 196.
Cross Country the Wildcat cross country teams reached new heights on their home course for the Wildcat invitational on Friday. Nine men and five women set personal best times at the Baldwin City Golf Course. Liesel Kirk, junior from Topeka, took first place with an 18:34 time, two seconds faster than her previous best and resetting her own Baker 5K Womens Cross Country record. Jenny Schultz, sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., shattered her personal best with a time of 19:20 to take fourth. She is now the fourth fastest female cross country runner in Baker history. The team finished second out of four teams.
Scott Nelson, junior from Carbondale, took fifth place with a 26:33 to lead the mens team. He is now the third fastest male cross country runner in Baker history. Mike Donnelly, sophomore from Oklahoma City, finished 17th with a time of 27:31. Following closely were freshmen Aaron Smith, Jefferson City, Mo., and Jimmy Gillispie, Baldwin City, in 20th and 21st place. Smith's 27:45 time makes him the third fastest freshman in Baker history, with Gillispie's 28:00 placing him sixth on that list. The teams will run on their home course again Friday for the Mid-State Championships.
Volleyball - Baker has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 12-9. The Wildcats defeated Mid-America Nazarene at home on Oct. 3 in five games. Kathy Kern, sophomore from Wamego, led the team with 30 kills, followed by Jackie Sommer, junior from Topeka, with 22. Sarah Osterhaus, sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., had 16 kills and 23 digs. Setter Emilee Hoffner, junior from Ault, Colo., added 76 assists. Hoffner was named HAAC Setter of the Week on Oct. 3. She averaged 12.4 assists in the previous week and had six kills, two aces, 21 digs and four blocks.
Mens Soccer The mens soccer team improved to 8-4 with an impressive 6-0 win over Hastings. Goalkeeper Sean Brown, junior from Maplegrove, Minn., led the team to its first shutout of the year. Joe McArdle, sophomore from Lenexa, and Erik Jones, junior from Olathe, had two goals apiece to lead the offense. McArdle is leading the team with 10 goals, while Jones is second with 8.
Womens Soccer the womens soccer team won two out of three games this week to improve to 7-6. On Oct. 4 at home, the Wildcats shut out Central Methodist 2-0. The team then suffered a 3-0 defeat to Central Missouri State on the road before gaining another 2-0 victory at Culver Stockton. The team plays William Jewell and St. Mary's at home this week.
Womens Golf In its first meet of the season, the Wildcat womens golf team won the Baker University Fall Invitational at Alvamar Public Golf Course in Lawrence. Sarah Payne, sophomore from Topeka, won the invitational with an 85. Jordan Beam-Ward, freshman from Overland Park, finished third with a 90. Amanda Michel, sophomore from Dodge City, and Miriam Rice, sophomore from Cheney, rounded out the team.
Cross Country The Baker womens cross country team boasted three medalists at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater on Sept. 30. Liesel Kirk, junior from Topeka, finished third with a time of 19:00. Morgan Ouimette, junior from Grandview, Mo., placed 18th with a time of 19:57, closely followed by Jenny Schultz, sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., in 19th place with a time of 20:02. The Baker women placed seventh out of 14 teams.
Scott Nelson, junior from Carbondale, led the mens team with a 26th-place finish in 27:28. Aaron Smith, freshman from Jefferson City, Mo., became the fifth-fastest freshman in Baker history by running an 18:12 and placing 47th. The men placed 11th in the 18-team meet. The Jamboree is the oldest uninterrupted cross country meet in the United States and featured high school, college and university races.
Football Baker stormed to a 21-0 halftime lead before finishing off Central Methodist 28-14 on Homecoming night, Sept. 30. Levi Schuck, senior from Peoria, Ariz., had another big game, completing 15 of 25 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Mackie Valentin, senior from Overland Park, had 11 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Terence Spencer, senior from La Puenta, Calif., had 152 yards and a touchdown in his first game since suffering a shoulder injury in the season opener. The win moves the Wildcats into a tie for third place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Valentin currently leads the Heart of America Athletic Conference in receiving yards by a wide margin at 109.2 yards per game. He is second in receptions with 5.8 per game and fourth in scoring with 7.5 points per game. Eric Moore, sophomore from Independence, Mo., leads the HAAC in sacks with 1.25 per game. Mark Emry, senior from Peculiar, Mo., is tied for the league lead in interceptions with three.
Mens Soccer The Wildcat soccer team claimed three more victories this week, including two over ranked teams, to improve their win streak to six. Erik Jones, junior from Olathe, scored two goals to lead Baker to a 5-1 victory over Benedictine. Baker then beat 25th-ranked John Brown on Sept. 30 by a score of 3-2 and 12th-ranked Lindenwood 2-1 on Oct. 1. Joe McArdle, sophomore from Lenexa, had an assist and the game-winning goal in that contest and was named Region V Player of the Week. McArdle currently leads the team in goals with seven after scoring five in one game last week. Jones is second with six goals. The Wildcats are the third-ranked team in Region V.
Womens Soccer - Baker suffered two close losses on the road. The women lost to Benedictine 2-0 on Sept. 26 in Atchison, then fell to Graceland 1-0 on Sept. 30 in Lamoni, Iowa.
Volleyball The Wildcat volleyball team took 18th-ranked Graceland to five games before losing on Monday in Lamoni, Iowa. Kathy Kern, sophomore from Wamego, had 17 kills for Baker, while Jackie Sommer, junior from Topeka, had 14. Sarah Osterhaus, sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., had 28 digs and Nicole Nantz, sophomore from Topeka, dug 20.
Baker dominated NCAA Division II Pittsburg State on defense Wednesday in Pittsburg, knocking off the Gorillas in just three games. Kern and Sommer led the 'Cats with 6.6 and 5.6 kills per game, respectively, while Nantz averaged 9.6 digs per game. Baker has a 10-9 record.
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