Baker University sports roundup
Wildcats dominate home track meet
The Baker University men’s and women’s track and field teams both won their respective meets at the Wildcat Open on Saturday at Liston Stadium.
The Baker men finished with 164 points, and the Baker women finished with 176.5 points. Ottawa University (89) placed second in the men’s meet and Bethany (105.5) was second in the women’s meet.
Jason Robbs (Topeka) highlighted the field events for the men, taking first place in the discus (48.11 meters) and hammer (60.31 meters). He was also named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Stephanie Nelson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Devin Freeman (Overland Park) highlighted the Baker women. Nelson took first place in the javelin (44.26 meters) and shot put (12.75 meters) before rounding the day out with a second-place finish in the discus (39.3 meters). Freeman placed first in the 3000-meter run (11:09.44). They were respectfully named Heart of America Athletic Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
Both teams will return to action at the HAAC Outdoor Championships May 6-7 in Canton, Mo.
Softball team ends season in conference tourney
Evangel swept Baker University on Friday in Springfield, Mo., in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference softball playoffs.
Evangel (31-11) defeated the Wildcats 6-4 and 4-0 as Baker ended the season with a 31-21 record.
Renata Dill led Baker offensively, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Maggie Holmberg pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits before being relieved by Heather Gruber. Maggie Holmberg went 2-for-2, and Katie Worley was the only other Wildcat to record a hit. Erin Greenwood pitched a complete game giving up four earned runs on seven hits in the loss.
Golfers edged by Southwestern
Southwestern College held on for a two-stroke victory on Thursday, April 28, at Alvamar Golf Club, shooting a two-day total of 747 to edge Baker (749) by two shots. William Jewell finished in third with a score of 800.
Stacy Yowell led the Baker women, shooting a two-day total of 178 to place second overall. Courtney Huppert held on to her first-round lead and pulled away from the field, finishing in first place with a 167.
Baker’s Krista Yaktine finished tied for sixth overall, shooting a 188. Teammate Bristol Brandt rounded out the top 15, firing a 200.