Baker sports roundup
TRACK & FIELD Baker University started its outdoor track season with three days of competition at the Florida State Relays on March 21-23. Fifty-six teams and more than 2,000 athletes competed in two divisions at the Relays.
Jessica Walters, a student-assistant coach from Salina competing unattached, finished fourth in the Division I heptathlon with 2,519 points. Candace Fortney, senior from El Dorado Springs, Mo., finished 12th with 2,124 points. Angie Heffner, freshman from Baldwin City, ran the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.57 and cleared 10-0 in the pole vault.
Levi Broeckelman, junior from Grinnell, finished ninth in the Division I Decathlon with 5,350 points. Jimmy Gillispie, freshman from Baldwin City, finished 14th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:41.38. Matt Hallauer, freshman from Holton, hit 4:16.89 in his first 1,500-meter run. Jon Sanfilippo, junior from Titusville, Fla., finished in 4:22.92.
The Wildcats' next meet is the Truman State Open Saturday in Kirksville, Mo.
WOMEN'S GOLF - Baker started its spring golf season on March 22 in Mobile, Ala. The Wildcats, ranked eighth in the NAIA, dualed with fourth-ranked Mobile University at the Azalea City Municipal Golf Course.
Mobile defeated the Wildcats by nine strokes. Meagan Lewis, junior from Syracuse, shot an 80 to take first place. Jordan Beam-Ward, freshman from Overland Park, tied for second with an 83.
Baker will compete in the Tabor Invitational Thursday and Friday at the Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Junction City.
SOFTBALL The Wildcats were only able to play games on one day during their wet Spring Break trip to play in the Lake City Tournament in Lake City, Fla. Baker played three games on March 17, falling twice to Cardinal Stritch, but defeating Oakland.
Baker fell 4-2 to Cardinal in the first game. Maggie Brown, freshman from Liberty, Mo., and Cara Cramer, sophomore from Pratt, each had a hit, a stolen base and scored a run. Pitcher Kara Weddle, freshman from Kansas City, had four strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
The Wildcats defeated Oakland 4-3 in the second game, with pitcher Megan Nelson, sophomore from Marysville, earning her first win of the season. Baker lost to Cardinal Stritch 3-1 in the third game. Casey McGinley, senior from Topeka, had two hits, a double, an RBI, and a stolen base in the contest.
Baker starts conference play this week with games against Benedictine and Avila. The Wildcats will play at the Avila Tournament this weekend at the Johnson County Sports Complex in Kansas City.
TENNIS The Baker women fell to Point Loma Nazarene University 8-1 on Thursday in San Diego. Jamie Jones, freshman from Garden City, and Anna McCullough, junior from Topeka, won their doubles match 8-3 to lead the Wildcats.
The men's tennis team lost to PLNU 7-2. Robbie Kennedy, sophomore from Leavenworth, defeated Ben Roberson 6-1, 6-1, to score the Wildcats' first point. Anthony Nguyen, freshman from Beverly Hills, Calif., defeated Matt Clinton in three sets for the other point.
The men's and women's teams will host Northwest Missouri State Thursday.
BASEBALL Baker's varsity lost to Vanguard 24-0 on March 19 and Point Loma Nazarene 5-0 on March 21. The junior varsity lost to Point Loma 17-0 on March 22 and to Concordia 7-3 on March 23.