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Wildcats earn all four HAAC honors

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Members of the Baker University track and field teams swept the four Heart of America Athletic Conference athlete of the week honors after their performances at the Cavalier Invitational on Friday in Olathe.

Sophomore Billi Pipes, senior Valarie Schirmer, freshman Josh Peck, and freshman Tyler Randall earned the weekly honors for the Wildcats.

Pipes won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.08 at the Johnson County Community College meet and was a member of the second place 4×400-meter relay team. Schirmer claimed the women’s field athlete honor after finishing second in both the weight throw and shot put. She posted a 13.48-meter throw in the shot put, which surpassed the NAIA A standard and qualified her for the indoor national championships.

Peck also landed in the top five for the shot put and the weight throw. The freshman had a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a 13.21-meter throw and was fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 14.12 meters. Randall won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.51.

The Wildcats also saw first-place performances from seniors Jenna Stanbrough in the 1,000-meter run, senior Ariella Harrison in the 800-meter run and junior Kayla Hannam in the high jump. Hannam’s jump of 1.65 meters surpassed the NAIA A standard, also qualifying her for the national championships. She previously qualified for the pentathlon and the high jump.

Baker returns to action on Friday and Saturday for the Dutch Athletics Classic in Pella, Iowa.