Baker athletes ready to run
Members of the Baker track team will compete in Kansas for the last time this season on Saturday in Emporia.
Emporia State University is hosting its annual ESU Twilight Qualifier, a last-chance meet for athletes attempting to qualify for national championships or improve their qualifying time. The meet starts at 3 p.m. and the last event is scheduled to start at 10 p.m.
Baker freshman LaTasha Roberts of Louisburg will attempt to qualify in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at the meet. The other athletes may compete either to increase their qualifying time or stay sharp with nearly two weeks remaining until the national championship.
Six athletes have qualified for the NAIA National Championships May 27 to 29 in Louisville, Ky. Junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., has automatically qualified in the shot put and is ranked third in the nation with a distance of 51-feet, 11-inches, just three inches behind the leader.
Freshman Brent Randle of Dallas is an automatic qualifier in the triple jump and is ranked 16th with a leap of 14.43-meters. Sophomore Brett Weir of Topeka is Baker's other automatic qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles. He is tied for seventh in the nation with a time of 17.52 seconds.
Junior Josh Flett of Wellsville provisionally qualified in the discus and is ranked 14th nationally. He earned All-American status in 2003 by placing seventh. Senior Matt Hallauer of Holton provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and is ranked 21st. Senior Angie Heffner of Baldwin City provisionally qualified in the pole vault and is ranked 23rd nationally with a height of 10-feet, six-inches. She tied for 10th place in 2003.