Dual athletes represent Baker well

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There isn’t any doubt that it takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication to play a sport in college, but there are 46 athletes at Baker University who do that and more.

The 46 athletes who are dual-athletes at Baker face the challenge of having a short offseason or not having an offseason to give their body time to rest during the school year.

It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication to be a dual-sport athlete, but it also takes a lot of strength, both physically and mentally, to succeed in multiple sports and do well academically.

While dual-sport athletes deserve a lot of support and recognition for their athleticism, there are others at Baker who deserve credit for the success of the athletes.

It is not easy for coaches to be able to work out practice schedules for dual-sport athletes and have them prepared to play each game. The recruiting process for dual-sport athletes can be a very complicated one as well.

The negotiation between coaches about how much and when the dual-sport athlete will be able to practice each sport is crucial for the athlete to know.

The fact that Baker has 46 dual-sport athletes for a campus of less than 1,000 students is an incredible achievement by the coaches and their recruiting.

The 46 dual-sport athletes enrolled at Baker is 13 more than the 2010-2011 school year, which is a 28 percent increase. These athletes are a great example of the developing commitment Baker students have for the university’s athletics.

It is nice to see that Baker students are starting to appreciate all of the sports on campus. A large part of the reason more students are showing up to games could be because they realize the hard work being put in by all of their classmates.

What is even more impressive is that all of the fall sports teams at Baker are having success, and many of them have athletes who are very important to the team who are having to start practicing for winter and spring sports as well.

There are football players who have had to start practicing for basketball, wrestling, track and baseball and there have been volleyball and soccer players who are dealing with the same situation.

There are even some athletes who do not have an offseason throughout the school year. Twenty-four of the 46 dual-sport athletes run cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring.

Whether it is the players going the extra mile, or their coaches assisting them by organizing special practice times, it is amazing the impact that the dual-athletes are having on Baker University’s campus.