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.
While their regular seasons have ended, three Baker University fall sports teams have earned bids to the NAIA National Championships. The men’s cross country team, the football team and the women’s soccer team will all compete Saturday.
As the defending Heart of America Athletic Conference champions, the Baker University men’s cross country team had been working to reclaim its title all season. The Wildcats achieved just that Saturday by grabbing five spots in the top 10, and had the meet’s individual winner.
Prior to the NAIA Mid-States Classic Saturday in Winfield, the Baker University cross country teams were excited about the opportunity to see tough competition during the meet, including conference rival Central Methodist University.
For the second straight week, senior Aaron Caldwell broke the Baker University cross country team’s 8,000-meter run record.
Maple Leaf Invitational
Baldwin City, Kan.
Chile Pepper Festival
(Peru State Host)
NAIA National Championships