Wildcats make use of home advantage

Story by Lauren Bechard

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The Baker University outdoor track teams took first place at the Baker Relays at Liston Stadium on Saturday.

The men scored 241 points to beat Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Benedictine College, which finished with a score of 177. The women took first by 220 points, also beating Benedictine, 332.5-112.5.

In addition to its top finish, the women’s squad had four athletes and one relay team qualify for nationals on its home track and field.

Junior Kayla Hannam qualified for both high jump and triple jump events, in which she is ranked No. 2 and No. 6, respectively. She jumped 1.74 meters in high jump and 11.74 meters in triple jump for the Wildcats.

Sophomore Billi Pipes took first place in the 200-meter dash after finishing in 24.83 seconds, surpassing the NAIA “A” standard for an automatic bid to nationals. Pipes also took first in the 100-meter dash on Saturday.

Senior Stephanie Nelson, who qualified for javelin earlier in the season, will now compete in the discus event at the big meet after a 43.81-meter, first-place throw at the Baker Relays.

Junior Tyler Sloan was the fourth athlete to hit “A” standard with a time of 14.87 in the 100-meter hurdles.

The BU women’s 4×100-meter A squad finished the race in 47.88 seconds to qualify.

The Baker women also took first in the 400-meter hurdles, 4×400-meter relays, pole vault, long jump, shotput, hammer and javelin events.

The men’s team had first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, 10,000-meter run, pole vault, triple jump, shotput, hammer and javelin events.

BU will travel to Emporia this weekend to compete at the Emporia State University Multi’s.