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Men’s cross country takes HAAC title

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The Baker University men’s cross country team has won the Heart of America Athletic conference championship for the third time in four years, defeating six other HAAC teams in Auburn, Nebraska. This will advance the Wildcats to the national championship meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. Narrowly...

Cross country competes at pre-nationals

Cross country competes at pre-nationals

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 12, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in an NAIA Preview meet Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, the site of the NAIA men’s and women’s cross country national championship. The men’s team finished 18th out of 31 teams with 503 points in the 8K race. The team’s average...

Cross country finishes top 20 at Chile Pepper Festival

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 6, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men’s team ran with its classification of runners as well as 20 NCAA Division I schools in the 8,000-meter run. The men finished 15th out of the 27 smaller...

Cross country finishes in top 10 at Southern Stampede

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

September 22, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Both cross country teams ran in the Southern Stampede Cross Country Invitational this past weekend in Joplin, Missouri. The men finished in second and the women took sixth. The men were once again led by Heart of America Athletic Conference Runner of the Week and freshman Eddie Esquivel. Esquivel,...

Cross country sweeps Maple Leaf Invite

Cross country sweeps Maple Leaf Invite

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Maple Leaf Invitational Saturday morning at the Baldwin City Golf Course. “We asked the kids at our pre-meeting that they go out and run with their heart,” coach Tim Byers said. “You could tell every one of them put their hearts in front.” Sophomore...

2014 Women’s Cross Country Preview

2014 Women’s Cross Country Preview

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

August 22, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The 2013 season was one to remember for the women’s cross-country team. Led by senior Lauren Jaqua, the Wildcats ran their way to a conference championship as well as a 17th-place finish in the NAIA championships. This was a senior-heavy team with several senior standouts. The Wildcats finished in...

2014 Men’s Cross Country Preview

2014 Men’s Cross Country Preview

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

August 22, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

2013 was a rebuilding year for the men’s cross-country team. The Wildcats finished in fourth place at the HAAC championship and did not qualify for the NAIA nationals for the first time since 2010. Their results were generally middle of the pack, not bad but not great. But in 2014 they will bring back...

Byers named as interim cross country and track coach

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

August 22, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports, Track and Field

After the sudden death of former Baker head cross country and track and field coach Zach Kindler, the university has announced that assistant coach Tim Byers has been appointed to the same position on an interim basis. Kindler hired Byers in July to be a full-time assistant coach in both cross country...

Women’s cross country cracks top 20

Story by Baker Orange Staff

November 26, 2013


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Prior to the NAIA national championships, the Baker University women’s cross country team hoped to crack the top 15. Although the team’s 17th-place finish fell just short of that on Saturday, the Wildcats jumped eight places from their ranking in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll. The 25th-ranked...

Women’s cross country claims conference championship

Story by Megan Henry

November 12, 2013


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The Baker University women’s cross country team won the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship meet on Saturday, earning the Wildcats' first team bid to the NAIA national championships since 2010. Five women finished in the top 10, including senior Lauren Jaqua in first, senior Megan...

Cross country teams prepare for HAAC championship

Story by Megan Henry

October 30, 2013


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The Baker University women’s cross country team finished in third place at the Mid-States Classic on Saturday, and the men’s team took 14th of 25 teams. Senior Lauren Jaqua broke her own 5,000-meter run record, with a time of 17:57. The time earned her a fifth-place finish and her fourth Heart...

Women’s cross county cracks NAIA top 25

Story by Megan Henry

October 16, 2013


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

After receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll all season, the Baker University women’s cross country team finally broke into the rankings Monday. The jump to No. 25 came after the Wildcats finished in 10th place out of 30 teams at the NAIA pre-nationals meet on Saturday in Lawrence. Senior...