Baker sports roundup
Multiple teams compete
in KC area Saturday
Special to the Signal
Baker University fans willing to travel a short distance can catch several Wildcat teams in the Kansas City area Saturday.
The track team will compete at the University of Missouri--Kansas City Invitational Friday and Saturday, with field events starting at 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the softball team takes on Avila University at 1 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., while the baseball team takes on MidAmerica Nazarene University at 1 p.m. in Olathe. In Topeka, the volleyball team will compete in a spring season scrimmage at Washburn University.
On Sunday, the baseball team travels to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. The softball team may also host Graceland University in the rescheduled Senior Day game that was rained out on April 10, but a time and place have not been finalized.
wins Jewell tournament
Baker University junior Libby Lewis of Syracuse won her second tournament of the spring season with a two-stroke victory at the William Jewell College Invitational Friday and Saturday in Liberty, Mo.
Lewis shot an 85 and 83 on the two days for a 168. Senior Jordan Beam-Ward of Overland Park tied for fifth with a 181 and helped the Cats place second behind the host team. Baker received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll.
Coach Karen Exon said the golfers had to overcome several adverse conditions, including unpredictable putting surfaces. Exon also said she is very pleased with the week of practice leading up to last week's tournament and believes that freshmen Laura Baker of Overland Park, Cindy Wierman of Bennington and Beth Taylor of Overland Park are beginning to experience significant improvement in their games as a result.
The Cats will face off with Jewell again today in the Baker Invitational, which began Wednesday and concludes today. The invitational is at Alvamar Course in Lawrence. The Wildcats will hope to continue their season with a good performance at the Heart of America Athletic Conference/NAIA Region V championship Monday and Tuesday in Springfield, Mo.
Wildcats sweep steeplechase;
Randle, Weir improve qualifying marks
The Baker University women's distance runners had their most successful meet of the season at the Mule Relays Friday in Warrensburg, Mo., and two men improved their national qualifying marks.
Sophomore Jessica Barrand of Topeka dominated the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 13:06.10 to win by 38 seconds. Sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma was less than a second away from finishing first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:07.18, losing to a non-collegiate runner. Coach Rob Mallinder also said senior Becki Cargo of Pomona deserved special recognition for her 2:23.55 time in the 800-meter to place in the top 10.
Senior Angie Heffner of Baldwin City placed ninth in the pole vault with a season-best height of 10-feet, 2-inches, just two inches shy of provisionally qualifying for the national championship meet.
The Wildcats also had top 10 finishes in the three sprints. Freshman LaTasha Roberts of Louisburg placed sixth and seventh in the 200-meter and 100-meter dashes, respectively, and junior Jana Collins of Highland placed ninth in the 400-meter dash.
Sophomore Brett Weir of Topeka improved his provisional-qualifying mark in the 110-meter hurdles from 14.97 to 14.88 to place second in the preliminaries. He placed third in the finals. Sophomore Zach Middleton of Meridian, Idaho, improved his 400-meter hurdle time to place ninth in the 400-meter hurdles.
Freshman Brent Randle of Dallas exceeded the automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump with a distance of 47-04 1/4 and is now 3 1/2-inches shy of the record Joel Thornton set in 1995. Junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., could not match his stellar shot put performance at the Baker Invitational that has him ranked second in the NAIAn, but did place in the Top 10 on Friday. Senior Matt Hallauer of Holton won the 3,000-meter steeplechase by 12 seconds.
Tennis teams seek
conference titles Saturday
With their Senior Day match on Tuesday rained out, the Baker University Wildcats will prepare for a major tennis tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference and America Midwest Conference will combine their tournaments with the NAIA Region V tournament in St. Joseph, Mo. Seniors Blake Glover of Baldwin City, John Henderson of Oklahoma City and Anthony Nguyen of Los Angeles won the regional tournament as freshmen to earn a bid to the national tournament and will attempt to repeat the feat this year.
The trio was supposed to be honored at home on Tuesday in a game against Emporia State University but the game was canceled because of rain.
The men's tennis team dominated the University of Illinois-Springfield by a 7-2 score Saturday in Springfield. Nguyen and Henderson earned a 9-7 win in No. 1 doubles. An attempted Wildcat rally from a 3-0 deficit fell short against McKendree College Friday in Lebanon, Ill., with a 6-3 loss. The men have received votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll every week this season.
The Baker women suffered two tough losses. The Wildcats lost to McKendree 5-4 on Friday with victories in singles from freshmen Marti Eidson of Weatherford, Texas, Ashley Hutchison of Russell and Megan Lamb of Hesston and a doubles victory from Eidson with junior Virginia Brown of Anthony. On Saturday, the Cats lost close matches in doubles en route to falling to Illinois-Springfield, the No. 1 ranked team in Region V.
Baseball, softball teams
rolling through conference schedule
The Baker University baseball and softball teams will seek to continue their winning ways in weekend games.
The softball team split with Lindenwood University on Sunday in St. Charles, Mo., snapping a five-game conference winning streak. Baker played Missouri Valley College Wednesday in Marshall, Mo., but results were not available at press time. The Wildcats are in the upper-half of the conference standings with a 9-7 record. Freshman Kendra Cody of Longton is sixth in the conference with a .375 batting average. Baker will play Avila University at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., and is tentatively scheduled to host Graceland University on Sunday.
The baseball team has won its last three conference games and, with a 7-9 record, is fighting to climb into the upper ranks of the conference. Baker played Avila University Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., but results were not available at press time. Senior Jason Patty of El Dorado is fifth in the conference with a .425 batting average and is sixth in doubles. Freshman Logan Peck of San Diego is fifth in home runs with eight dingers in 41 games. Peck trails teammate junior Jay Small of Shawnee in the conference Top 10 in runs batted in. The Wildcats play MidAmerica Nazarene University 1 p.m. Saturday in Olathe, Kansas Wesleyan University 1 p.m. Sunday in Salina, and then play their final home of the season at 2 p.m. Wednesday against Evangel University.