The Baker University women’s cross country team won the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship meet on Saturday, earning the Wildcats' first team bid to the NAIA national championships since 2010.
The Baker University women’s cross country team finished in third place at the NAIA Mid-States Classic on Saturday, and the men’s team took 14th out of 25 teams.
After receiving votes in the NAIA coaches’ poll all season, the Baker University women’s cross country team final broke into the top 25 on Oct. 14.
Senior Lauren Jaqua holds multiple records as a standout runner for both the cross country and track teams.
Although the Baker University women’s cross country team finished in second place overall Saturday, it came home with more than just a plaque. The team set a new school record for the fastest 5,000-meter run time in school history.
Senior Lauren Jaqua broke Baker’s 4,000-meter run record Saturday with a time of 14:49. The performance earned her a third-place finish at the University Central Missouri Mule Run and the Heart of America Athletic Conference runner of the week award.
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The Baker University women's cross country team finished first in the Maple Leaf Invitational Saturday. The men's team took third in its only home meet of the season.
In preparation for their first meet, Baker University’s cross country teams returned to campus nearly a week early to begin practicing and get to know the new members of the team.
While looking at the individual results from the Baker University men's cross country team's races this season, it is clear that the efforts of the alumni from one Overland Park school have helped turn the team into the nationally-recognized program it is today. The No. 10 Wildcats are led by a group of Blue Valley West High School alumni.
On Saturday morning the Baker University men’s cross country team was ranked No. 27 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, but by the afternoon it earned a spot as one of the top 10 teams in the country.
Maple Leaf Invitational
Baldwin City, Kan.
Chile Pepper Festival
(Peru State Host)
NAIA National Championships