Baker sports roundup
Baseball team finishes season
Special to the Signal
Baker University's baseball team lost to the University of Kansas 9-2 in its season finale Monday in Lawrence.
The Wildcats scored first with two runs in the top of the second inning. A sacrifice by junior Evan Durnal of Baldwin City scored junior Justin Quick of Kansas City. Senior Justin Greiner of Lenexa scored on the next play after senior Wade Evans of Emporia singled.
Baker finished the season with 20 wins, including eight wins in conference play.
Cody compiles softball awards
Freshman Kendra Cody of Longton racked up honors in her first year as a Baker University Wildcat.
Cody was named first team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference, conference freshman of the year and All-NAIA Region V, and was also Baker's most valuable player.
Sophomore Pam Miller of Valley Falls and freshman Jana Smith of Topeka were named second-team all-conference. Miller was also second-team in 2003. Junior Megan Jones, a first-team pick in 2003, received honorable mention.
Miller was selected as Baker's offensive player of the year and Jones was named defensive player of the year.
Baker finished with a 23-18 record and won 13 of 20 conference games to finish third in the conference standings. The Wildcats also finished third in the conference tournament Saturday in Olathe. The Cats were 19-15 and placed eighth in the conference in 2003, head coach Jennifer Wright's first year.
Heffner places second at HAAC championship
Baker University senior Angie Heffner of Baldwin City again refused to let wet weather dampen her pole vault performance by clearing 10-feet, 4-inches at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday in St. Charles, Mo.
Just as she did the week before in the rain at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Heffner met or exceeded the NAIA's provisional qualifying mark for the national championships. Heffner placed second in the pole vault at the championships and also made all-conference in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter relay.
Freshman LaTasha Roberts of Louisburg made all-conference in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay, leading all Wildcats with four all-conference finishes.
Senior Becki Cargo tallied three third-place finishes with the 800-meter run, 1,600-meter relay and 3,200-meter relay. Sophomore Jessica Barrand of Topeka was also on the 3,200-meter relay team and won the 3,000-meter steeplechase before placing in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma had two third-place finishes, in the 1,500-meter run and 3,200-meter relay. Sophomore Cara Langston of Tonganoxie placed second in the 3,000-meter race walk.
The women placed fifth, just one point behind Graceland University.
The mens team used depth to overcome a lack of event champions to place fourth at the conference championships.
The Wildcats had three runner-ups and multiple all-conference performers, led by sophomore Brett Weir. Weir improved his national qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles by running a 14.52 during preliminaries, then placed second in finals by less than one-tenth of a second. He also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles.
Junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., placed second in the shot put. Senior Matt Hallauer of Holton placed second in the steeplechase by less than a half-second and qualified for the national championships.
Freshman Darin Redeker of Olpe placed third in the javelin toss. Freshman Brent Randle of Dallas placed third in the long jump but an injury kept him from competing in his main event, the triple jump. Junior Josh Flett of Wellsville placed fourth in the discus.
Seniors Jimmy Gillispie and Cole Gladhart of Baldwin City concluded their collegiate careers by making all-conference in the 10,000-meter run. Gillispie and Gladhart finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Gillispie also made all-conference in the steeplechase.
Six Wildcats have qualified for the national championship May 27-29 in Louisville, Ky. Heffner, Codutti, Flett, Hallauer, Randle and Weir will all compete in at least one event.