Baker University sports roundup
Baker climbed the NAIA Region V rankings with two impressive games last week.
The Wildcats are placed third in Monday's rankings, boosted by a sweep of Kansas Wesleyan University at home on Friday and a 3-2 comeback victory against MidAmerica Nazarene University at home on Tuesday.
Baker will attempt to stay undefeated at home this weekend, with four games during the Baker Invitational. On Friday, the Wildcats face Avila University at 5 p.m. and a rematch with Kansas Wesleyan at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Baker challenges Ottawa University at 10 a.m. and William Jewell College at 2 p.m.
The women's cross country team did not let youth hold them back with a third place finish at the Maple Leaf Invitational Saturday at Baldwin Golf Course.
The Wildcats were led by juniors Jessica Barrand of Topeka (7th place) and Blair Spencer of Alma (12th). Freshmen Megan Vogel of Arapahoe, Colo., (18th) and Joanna Schafer of Soldier (19th) were just seconds away from medaling. Freshman Krystal Highfill of Gardner was Baker's other scoring runner.
The men's team was led by freshman Andrew McGregor. McGregor finished the five-kilometer course in 18:27.
Baker has this weekend off, and will run at the Woody Greeno Invitational Sep. 18 in Lincoln, Neb.
The men's and women's soccer team return from tough competition in California over the Labor Day weekend to face tough competition across the Midwest.
The men take on Columbia College, ranked sixth in the NAIA poll, at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Columbia, Mo. On Saturday, the Wildcats take on Morningside College at 1 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa, then challenge Si Tanka University at 1 p.m. Sunday in Sioux City. Morningside is one of the top teams in Region IV and Si Tanka is the top team in Region III.
The women's team hosts Northwestern Oklahoma University, ranked second in Region VI, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Baker's North Park Soccer Complex.