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Track takes conference titles; Nelson named MVP

Story by Lauren Bechard

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The Baker University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams brought home the Heart of America Athletic Conference titles for the fourth and third consecutive season, respectively.

The Wildcats traveled to Atchison on Thursday to compete for the conference championship at Benedictine College.

The women’s squad dominated the competition, taking first place by 198 points. They finished with a total of 350 points, while the men scored 206 points to earn the top spot. Culver-Stockton came in second place, finishing just 23 points behind the men. The Benedictine Ravens took second on the women’s side.

Senior Stephanie Nelson was named the HAAC Most Valuable Player on the women’s side after finishing first in three different events. Baker had a total of 18 individual first-place finishes throughout the meet.

Here is a list of the BU women’s first-place accomplishments:

  • 100-meter dash: Kiana Turner, 12.28 seconds
  • 200-meter dash: Billi Pipes, 25.39 seconds
  • 400-meter dash: Billi Pipes, 57.13 seconds
  • 10,000-meter run: Megan Rosa, 40:17.00
  • 100-meter hurdles: Alex Herman-Garbarino, 15.44 seconds
  • 400-meter hurdles: Alex Herman-Garbarino, 1:04.52
  • 4×100-meter relay: 48.89 seconds
  • Pole vault: Katie Thurbon, 3.35 meters
  • Discus: Stephanie Nelson, 41.71 meters
  • Shot put: Stephanie Nelson, 12.88 meters
  • Triple jump: Paige Rockers, 11.29 meters
  • Hammer: Valerie Schirmer, 49.51 meters
  • Javelin: Stephanie Nelson, 42.45 meters
  • Outdoor heptathlon: Jana Koegel

And here are the men’s first-place finishers from Baker:

  • 200-meter dash: DayShawn Berndt, 22.02 seconds
  • 400-meter dash: DayShawn Berndt, 48.44 seconds
  • 4×400-meter relay: 3:15.22
  • Triple jump: Avery Parker, 14.12 meters

Baker will next participate at the Emporia State University Twilight meet on Saturday.