Track and field teams add to list of national qualifiers

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The Baker University track and field teams have celebrated new records and national qualifying marks week after week and Friday and Saturday was no exception for the Wildcats.

Seven athletes and two relay teams either hit or improved on NAIA qualifying standards during the ISU Open in Ames, Iowa to add to Baker’s growing list of national qualifiers.

Freshman Jeremy Bryan put his name in the Baker record book twice during the meet in the mile run and as a member of the distance medley relay team.

With a time of 4:18.25 in the mile, Bryan set the school record and posted an A standard mark. The distance medley relay team also set a school record and surpassed the A standard with a time of 10.16.81.

Freshman Dayshawn Berndt also claimed the Baker record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.59

Sophomore Tyler Sloan and freshman Khadijah Lane were already national qualifiers from previous performances but the pair added their names to Baker’s list once again.

Sloan and Lane were members of the women’s 4×400 meter relay team, which posted a qualifying time of 4:02.52. Sloan also improved on her qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.96-second mark and qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.58 seconds.

Lane finished just behind Sloan in the 200-meter dash, but the freshman was able to take the school record and exceeded the A standard in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.69 seconds. The time pushed her into the sixth spot in the NAIA.

Juniors Lauren Jaqua and Megan Rosa also hit B standard marks in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs, respectively. Jaqua ran a time of 10.32.32 and Rosa finished in 18.27.04.

Fellow junior Stephanie Nelson also improved on her qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 12.93 meters.

The Wildcats will train this week with their sights set on the Jayhawk Classic Friday in Lawrence.