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October 15, 2003

Parrott leads Baker

to upset of Flagler

Special to the Signal

Baker University started its fall break trip to Florida on the right foot with a 4-0 defeat of No. 14 Flagler College Thursday in St. Augustine, Fla.

Forward Luke Parrott, junior from Ol athe, had a goal and an assist in the game. He scored the winning goal off a penalty kick, then assisted freshman forward Marty Johnston of Leawood on the third goal of the game. Junior Matt Trumpp of Olathe had the second goal on a corner kick with an as sist from defender Jason Belisle, senior from Dallas. Junior Jason Swarts of Kansas City, Mo., scored the final goal with an assist from freshman Jonathon Roper of Andover.

Flagler was ranked fifth in the nation as late as earlier this month before fall ing to the No. 14 spot. With the win, Wildcat head coach Ron Pulvers has tallied 97 victories in his career at Baker. His 100th victory could come as soon as Oct. 22.

The mens and womens soccer teams play twice this week. They play this afternoon agains t MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, with the womens game at 2 p.m. and the mens game at 4 p.m. The squads host Culver-Stockton College on Saturday, with the womens game at noon and the mens game at 2 p.m.

Volleyball team climbs

into Region V ran kings

A fall break road trip featuring three of the best NAIA volleyball teams in Florida bumped Baker University into the NAIA Region V Top 10 for the first time this season.

Baker moved into the No. 8 spot in the rankings. The Wildcats fell to Regio n XIV's top two teams, Flagler College and Embry-Riddle University, but took Embry-Riddle to five games and defeated No. 10 Warner South.

The Wildcats hosted Missouri Valley College, Region V's No. 10 team, last night but results were not available by p ress time. Baker plays Pittsburg State at 7 p.m. Thursday, then travels to Wichita for a doubleheader against Friends and Newman.

Three medal, men place third at Ollie Isom meet

A trio of Baker cross country runners overcame the rain and sloppy course conditions to medal with Top 10 finishes at the Ollie Isom Invitational Saturday in El Dorado.

Sophomore Jessica Barrand, a Topeka native that has emerged as Baker's top female runner in the past two weeks, placed third with a time of 20:41 on the floo ded course. Spencer, last season's MVP from Alma, placed seventh with a time of 21:08. Junior Kerry Fitzgerald of Olathe placed 19th. In her first collegiate meet, freshman Cara Langston of Tonganoxie placed 21st. Three Wildcats sat out the meet due to in jury and illness.

Senior Matt Hallauer of Holton placed fifth with a time of 27:57 and led the men's team to a third-place finish. Senior Jimmy Gillispie of Baldwin City missed medaling by just two places with a 12th-place finish. Senior Cole Gladhart o f Baldwin City moved up to third on the team with a 17th place finish after running as Baker's fourth or fifth runner all season. Senior Mike Donnelly of Oklahoma City, sophomore Alan Davis of Tonganoxie and freshman Zach Pope of Olathe finished 23rd, 25t h and 26th place, respectively, separated by just 25 seconds. The Wildcats have narrowed the gap between the No. 1 and No. 5 runners at each meet this season.

Baker's next meet will be the Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 18 in Fayetteville, Ark., where the W ildcats will compete against some of the best collegiate cross country teams in the nation, including several Big XII schools. The Wildcats will host the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Nov. 1 at the Baldwin City Golf Course.

Football t eam to

host Culver-Stockton

Wildcat fans can expect to see a high-scoring game Saturday when Baker hosts Culver-Stockton College at 7 p.m. in Liston Stadium.

The Culver-Stockton Wildcats feature one of the Heart of America Athletic Conference's top o ffenses, but one of its worst defenses. Baker is more balanced and boasts junior running back Jon Reeves of Palestine, Texas, the conference leader in rushing yards and all-purpose yards.e

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