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Women’s track ranked eighth in the nation

Story by Lauren Bechard

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The Baker University women’s outdoor track and field team is ranked No. 8 in the latest edition of the NAIA National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

With 225.56 points this time around, the women fell just one spot from last week’s ranking, when they stood in seventh place with 260.86 points.

This week’s ranking marked the third of six polls that will come out during the season, which are released each Wednesday. Clarification of how teams are awarded points in the National Team Computer Rankings can be found here.

Last week, the Wildcat men and women track teams were scattered across the state, competing in the Kansas Relays as well as the Tabor College Invitational in Hillsboro.

The women’s team had a few first-place finishes at Tabor, including freshman Rachael Ash’s 2:26-second 800-meter finish.

Senior Ashley Henry took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 13:15, while senior Katie Thurbon led the pole vault event by clearing 3.35 meters.

The men had two second-place finishes, including freshman pole vaulter Matt Bush, who cleared 4.41 meters, and sophomore Avery Parker, who leaped 14.07 meters in the triple jump event.

The Wildcats will host their second home meet of the year beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Liston Stadium. You can find a schedule of the Wildcat Relays here.