Baker University roundup
Baker runners to compete at NAIA meet
Baker University, coming off its Heart of America Athletic Conference women’s cross country championship, will compete Saturday at the NAIA national meet in Vancouver, Wash.
Freshman Lauren Jaqua was Baker’s top performer at the HAAC meet, completing the 5-kilometer course in 19:00.86 to place second and lead the Wildcats to their first conference title since 2000. Freshman Megan Rosa (fifth), sophomore Lindsey Brown (sixth) and senior Mary Loveland (eighth) also finished in the top 10 at the conference meet. Sophomore Devin Freeman (12th), freshman Ashley McBride (18th) and sophomore Corinna Papps (20th) completed Baker’s top seven performances at the conference meet.
Junior Chris Scheideman, 10th at the HAAC men’s 8-kilometer race, is the Wildcats’ lone NAIA qualifier for the men.
Wildcats close season with shutout
Baker University capped 2010 with its first shutout of the season and fifth consecutive victory, rolling to a 34-0 win over Central Methodist on Saturday in Fayette, Mo.
Freshman running back Scottie Meyer broke loose for a season-high 190 yards on 28 carries, including a touchdown run. He finished the season with a team-high 656 rushing yards.
Freshman quarterback Jake Morse completed 13 of 20 passes for 157 yards, including two touchdown passes. He threw for 1,396 yards for the season.
The Baker defense, steady all season, dominated the season finale, surrendering just 23 rushing yards. It was the Wildcats’ first shutout since a 45-0 decision over Culver-Stockton in week four of the 2009 season. Seniors Colton Miller, Calvin Pearce and Matt Brock each had seven tackles to lead Baker. Miller intercepted a pass for his third pick in two games.
Baker, which outscored its final five opponents 130-41, finished 7-4 overall and 7-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference for its fourth consecutive winning season for the first time since 1991-94.
Kansas Wesleyan outlasts Baker women
Down by 21 at halftime, Baker University rallied late to force overtime before falling 62-59 to host Park University at the Park Classic on Saturday in Parkville, Mo.
Emily Gibson scored a team-high 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead Baker. Brittany Hines contributed 15 points while Aubree Gustin snared a team-high nine rebounds.
Hines (15.2 points per game) and Gibson (14.2) were the top scorers through five games for Baker (3-2).
On Friday at the Park Classic, Baker rolled to a 64-38 victory over Ottawa. Hines scored a game-high 16 points, including two three-pointers. Gustin chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds. Gloria Atanmo added 11 points.
Baker’s home opener was Tuesday against Kansas Wesleyan. The Wildcats will play host to William Woods at 2 p.m. Saturday and to Tabor at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Collins Center before breaking for Thanksgiving.
Wildcat men fall to Ottawa
Ottawa outscored Baker University 43-37 in the second half to rally for a 73-70 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday at the Collins Center.
Jaris Wommack scored 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from three-point range. Andre Strozier chipped in 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field and 6 of 6 shooting from the line.
The Wildcats (2-2) played Tuesday at Kansas Wesleyan. Baker will play Friday and Saturday at the University of St. Mary Classic in Leavenworth. The Wildcats will face host St. Mary at 7 p.m. Friday and Ottawa at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Wildcat wrestlers shine at tournament
Baker University placed 19 wrestlers, including five champions in their respective weight classes, at the Roman Open on Saturday in Rome, Ga.
“It was a great weekend for our program,” Wildcat head coach Jimmy May said. “I thought our guys performed great and I think we are continuing to get better each and every day.”
Winners at the tournament for Baker were Jarell Price (149), Nathan Sommer (157), Park Owen (174), Robert Shadrach (184) and Brandon Gebhardt (197).
Second-place finishers were Josh Hanson (141) and Cody Hanel (184).
Third-place finishers were AJ Gassman (125) and Joe Pace (184).
Alan Callahan (125), Tyler Eison (157), Travis Shadrach (174) and Jarid Price (184) placed fourth; Roger Windham (125), Phillip Henes (141), Jakob Price (165) and Rick Singer (197) placed fifth; and Tod Curtis (165) and Dylan Berg (285) placed sixth.