Records broken at KU Relays

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Baker University freshman Stephanie Nelson barely had time to enjoy breaking senior Aubree Gustin’s school record in the javelin at the KU Relays.

This is because Gustin regained control of the record later in the event by breaking the record again, with a throw of 44.74 meters, and earning a fifth-place finish in the event.

Other Wildcats rewrote the Baker history books at the KU Relays, which ran from April 20 to 23. Freshman Megan Rosa broke the 10,000-meter run record, and the men’s 4×1,600-meter relay team, made up of sophomores Taylor Nall, Eric Larson, Aaron Caldwell and junior Justin Hill, also set a school record and finished third.

“It’s really exciting because (the record has) been up for so long, you know,” Nall said. “We were just real fortunate everybody came out and ran well that day.”

Rosa and Gustin were both named HAAC Athletes of the Week for their performances during the relays.

Sophomore Jeremy Gathright made the finals with an outdoor seasonal best in the triple jump, and senior Jason Robbs grabbed a third-place finish in the hammer throw.

“When we can go out, break school records, and, you know, have top-three finishes and athletes throw national-qualifying marks … that’s just really exciting because it puts our track and field program on the map and shows people, hey, this Baker University team is here to stay,” Nall said.

Head coach Zach Kindler said the great thing about track is you can compete and contend with larger schools and tough competition.

“We go out and compete and beat some of the (NCAA Division I) athletes, the KU athletes, that’s fun,” Kindler said. “Obviously at this level of meet, higher competition, some people have to learn how to channel that added energy.”

Senior Aaron Hannon, who was the defending decathlon champion at the KU Relays, did not attempt to regain his decathlon title due to a knee injury. Hannon did compete in the 400-meter hurdles, but injured his knee again during the race.

Baker will have one more meet, the Wildcat Relays, Saturday in Baldwin City, before heading to the HAAC Outdoor Championships May 6-7 in Canton, Mo.

“All it is, is just a prep meet,” Kindler said. “We’re just sharpening the sword right now, and so hopefully everything is in the bank, and we’re ready to go.”

Rosa is confident in the Wildcats’ chances at the conference meet.

“I’m actually really excited for conference because overall, the track team had a really strong showing at KU and Tabor,” Rosa said. “So, I think we have the potential and the talent to go out there and I think win conference.”