Baker University sports roundup
Men’s cross country team claims HAAC title; Jaqua wins women’s race
Baker’s men’s cross country team won the 2011 HAAC Championship on Saturday in Fayette, Mo., to qualify for the NAIA national meet.
Baker junior Aaron Caldwell led the Wildcat runners with a fifth-place finish in the 8-kilometer race, finishing in 26 minutes, 1 second. Junior Corey Clark finished in eighth (26:28) and junior Taylor Nall finished in ninth (26:31).
“Today was a great day for our men’s team,” Wildcat head coach Zach Kindler said. “These guys worked hard all season and today it all paid off.”
The cross country crown marked Baker’s fourth conference title for the week, joining men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball as the other HAAC champions.
In the women’s 5K, Baker sophomore Lauren Jaqua was the individual champion, fInishing in 18 minutes, 30 seconds. Sophomore Ashley McBride placed third in 19:16 to join Jaqua as qualifiers for the national meet later this month. The Wildcats placed second as a team.
Kindler was named the HAAC Coach of the Year on the men’s side.
The NAIA national championship is Nov. 19 in Vancouver, Wash.
Volleyball team opens with sweep over Avila
The Baker volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Avila University in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference on Saturday at the Collins Center. The Wildcats won 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17.
Baker (25-10) hosted Graceland University(18-12) on Wednesday in the semifinals. The Baker-Graceland will play the Evangel-MidAmerica Nazarene winner in the HAAC championship on Saturday for an automatic berth into the NAIA tournament.
Wildcats roll to second victory
Baker University men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with an 80-62 victory over Haskell on Friday in Lawrence. Junior Jordan Honore scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats.
Freshman Brandon Moore (12), sophomore Todd Eils (11) and junior Corey Anderson (10) also scored in double figures. Senior Ryan Douvier was Baker’s top rebounder, snaring nine boards.
Baker held a commanding 42-27 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats played Friends on Tuesday. This weekend at the Baker Classic at the Collins Center, the Wildcats will play host to St. Mary at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and Ottawa at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
Women drop two games at Baker Classic
The Baker’s women’s basketball team dropped two games at the weekend Baker Classic at the Collins Center.
On Friday, the Wildcats lost 80-65 to Northwest Oklahoma. Alisha Fanshier scored 20 points to pace Baker. Shelbi Petty contributed 11 points. Rae Lynne Stewart and Haleigh Tenpenny had seven rebounds apiece.
On Saturday, Baker lost 81-66 to Rogers State (Okla.).Fanshier scored a team-high 20 points and Gloria Atanmo added nine points.
Baker (0-3) played host to Friends on Nov. 8. Baker will play Nov. 11-12 at the Ottawa Classic, opening with host Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. Friday before playing at 6 p.m. against Park.
Two Wildcats win at Dan Harris Open
Senior heavyweight Dylan Berg (Las Vegas,Nev.) and junior 184-pounder Parker Owen (Carrollton, Texas) placed first in their weight classes to highlight Baker’s performances at the Dan Harris Open on Sunday at the Collins Center.
Berg defeated heavyweights Tyler Smith ofBethany (Kan.), Taylor Poe of Wichita State University, John Close of Fort Hays State, Ivan Loya of Texas Arlington, and Dillon Heesch of Concordia (Neb.).
Owen opened with a victory over Cale Hintz of Concordia (Neb.), before moving on to defeat teammates Joseph Pace and Robert Shadrach to take the title.
Jakob Price (Caney, Kan.) placed second at 165 pounds to Aaron Hynick of Wichita State. Jarell Price (Las Vegas) finished third behind unattached Sawer Smith and Dexter Carter of Wichita State.
“Today was another great day for Baker wrestling,” said head coach Jimmy May. “We had a great crowd and we are looking forward to growing as a team each and every week.”
The Wildcats are ranked 15th in the NAIA Top 20 Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. Baker returns to action Nov. 12 at the Bethany (Kan.) College Open in Bethany.