Baker University roundup
Baker men trips Evangel, 71-65
Baker University knocked off conference title contender Evangel 71-65 on Saturday in men’s basketball at the Collins Center to move into a three-way tie for fifth place.
Jaris Wommack scored 15 points to lead Baker’s balanced offense. Andre Strozier added 12 points. Joe Wachter and Austin Bond contributed 10 points apiece.
Ahead 28-24 at halftime, the Wildcats shot 58 percent (11 for 19) from the field in the second half.
“It’s good to win at home,” Wildcat head coach Brett Ballard said. “You’ve got to protect your home court. We’ve got three home games left. Hopefully we can compete and extend the season as long as we can.”
Baker improved to 10-14 overall and 6-8 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Evangel (15-8, 10-3 HAAC) dropped to third in the conference.
The Wildcats will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Avila. Baker’s next home game is 2 p.m. Saturday against Culver-Stockton.
Hot-shooting Evangel tops Baker women
Evangel shot 60 percent in the first half to establish a commanding 18-point lead at the break en route to a 63-52 women’s basketball victory over Baker University on Saturday at the Collins Center.
Baker (13-11 overall, 8-6 HAAC) shot just 27 percent (6-for-22) from the field in the first half. The Wildcats opened the second half with an 11-0 run to close the gap to seven. Evangel responded with a 14-3 run, pushing the score to 54-36 with just six minutes remaining.
Emily Gibson led all Baker scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Brittany Hines added 11 points.
Baker will play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Avila. Baker’s next home game is 2 p.m. Saturday against Culver-Stockton.
Wildcats capture three track, field events
Jeremy Gathright, Reggie Harris and Kellen Kristoffersen won individual men’s track and field events on Saturday, highlighting Baker University’s performances at the NWU Quad in Lincoln, Neb.
Gathright placed first in the triple jump (14.59 meters). Harris captured first place in the 55-meter dash (6.57 seconds), and Kristoffersen was victorious in the 800-meter run (2:02.76.). Harris also finished fifth in the 200 (23.66 seconds), and Gathright placed third in the long jump (6.66 meters).
J.L. Anderson placed second in the 55-meter hurdles (7.87 seconds) and fourth in the 55- meter dash (6.63 seconds).
Aaron Caldwell finished second in the mile (4:29.51) and sixth in the 3000 (9:33.35).
Jeremiah Korn finished third in the shot put (15.70 meters).
Other Wildcat placers were Bradford Nelson, fourth in the high jump (1.93 meters) and fifth in the long jump (12.81 meters); Taylor Nall, fourth in the 1000-meter run (2:43.77) and Ki’anie Brooks, ninth in the 200 (24.30 seconds).
Baker’s two 4 x 400 meter relay teams placed second and fourth with times of 3:30.21 and 3:35.80.
In the women’s meet, top performers from Baker were second-place finishers JaBryanna Wellington in the 400 (1:01.64); Ariella Nelson in the 600 (1:43.33); Katie Thurbon in the pole vault (3.35 meters); and Vanessa Saphangthon in the triple jump (10.47 meters).
Other Wildcat placers were Carrie Lister, fourth in the shot put (12.60 meters); Hannah Moore, sixth in the 55-meter dash (7.65 seconds); Corinna Papps, fifth in the 100 (3:40.20); Katelyn Wolken, fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.63); Shayna Mangiaracino, sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.83); Hela Kawas, sixth in the pole vault (2.75 meters); and Saphangthong, sixth in the long jump (4.65 meters).
The 4x400 meter relay teams placed third and sixth with times of 4:12.78 and 4:31.77.
The Wildcats’ next competition is the HAAC Indoor Championships Feb. 18-19 in Lamoni, Iowa.