Brooks Named Men’s Athlete of the Meet as Men and Women Bring Home Runner-Up Finishes at 2020 Conference Championships
Indoor Track and Field – Sun, Feb. 23, 2020 at 1:05 AM
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Baker indoor track and field teams competed had a great showing this weekend at the 2020 Heart of America Indoor Track and Field Conference Championships as both teams came home with runner-up finishes.
“This meet was everything we anticipated,” head coach Ryan Pitts said. “When Northwest Missouri State agreed to host our conference finals, we all knew that it was going to be a hot meet. Our athletes competed their hearts out today, and that exactly how it should be. As we continue to climb in the ranks, the conference gets stronger and stronger, but we welcome the challenge. This team backs down from nobody, and their competitive nature is what makes me the most proud. Outdoor season, here we come.”
On the men’s side, Kwan Brooks was named the Heart of America Men’s Athlete of the Meet as he was able to continue a great season. Brooks finished first in the men’s long jump, second in the 60-meter dash, sixth in the 400-meter dash, and helped the team finish fourth in the 4×400-meter relay. Brook’s time of 6.90 in the 60-meter dash also reached the B Standard, while his jump of 7.28 meters in the long jump reached the A Standard.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles the Wildcats had a great showing finishing in first, third and fifth. Logan Lamb earned a conference championship, running a time of 8.42. Justin Moore finished closely behind in third place with a time of 8.47, while Benton McCann ran a time of 8.58 to finish in fifth.
Tyler Walker also had a good showing in the short distance races, finishing fourth in the 800-meter run and third in the 1,000-meter run.
The trio of Jackson Caldwell, Greg Flores and Jacob Cofer showed up and ran strong once again, as they finished first, third and fifth in the 3,000-meter run. Caldwell, a freshman from Olathe, Kan., earned his first conference championship with a time of 8:46.12. Cofer was able to come in third and Flores finished in fifth.
Again in the 5,000-meter run, the trio scored big points as Caldwell, Flores and Cofer finished second, third and fifth respectively. Caldwell’s time of 15:13.44 set a new Baker University record, breaking Flores’ record which was set just three weeks ago.
Missing the B Standard by just over one second, the Baker 4×800 relay team finished in second, while the distance medley took home a fourth place finish. Rounding out the strong day from the men, Deverius Brown finished in third in the triple jump while teammate Danny Griese finished fourth in the high jump.
On the women’s side, the Wildcats had 17 top-five finishes, including Myah Yoder who captured four top-five finishes on the day. Yoder was able to finish first in the 60-meter dash, second in the 200-meter dash and second in the 400-meter dash, before helping the 4×400-meter relay team comprised of Yoder, Myan Elrington, Precious Posey and Jordan Hawman finish in first place. Yoder’s time of 7.80 in the 60-meter dash and her time of 58.17 in the 400-meter dash each reached the B Standard.
Jade Osborn was able to finish third in the 60-meter hurdles, while Jordan Hawman finished fifth in the 600-meter run. Mia Wilhoit then took on the challenge of the 800-meter run and 1,000-meter run, finishing in fourth and third respectively.
Emily Chambers then ran two strong races in the 3,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, finishing second and third.
The 4×800 meter relay team finished fourth and the distance medley finished in third, finishing off the top-five finishes on the track.
In field events, Brittney Wesley and Myan Elrington finished second in the long jump and triple jump, while teammate Talisa Stone and Maggie Shea finished third in the high jump and pole vault. Finishing out the day, Morgan Thomas posted a total of 2,748 points to finish in fourth place in the pentathlon.
The Baker indoor track and field teams will now be back in action on March 5-7, when they travel to Brookings, S.D., to compete in the 2020 NAIA Indoor National Championships.
All Conference Performers:
Kwan Brooks – 60 Meter Dash/Long Jump
Justin Moore – 60 Meter Hurdles
Logan Lamb – 60 Meter Hurdles/Heptathlon
Tyler Walker – 1,000 Meter Run/4×800 Meter Relay
Jackson Caldwell – 3,000 Meter Run/5,000 Meter Run
Jacob Cofer – 3,000 Meter Run
Greg Flores – 5,000 Meter Run
Liam Barnsby – 4×800 Meter Relay
Grant Roesner – 4×800 Meter Relay
Sais Ruiz – 4×800 Meter Relay
Deverius Brown – Triple Jump
Myah Yoder – 60 Meter Dash/200 Meter Dash/400 Meter Dash/4×400 Meter Relay
Jade Osborn – 60 Meter Hurdles/Distance Medley
Mia Wilhoit – 1,000 Meter Run/Distance Medley
Emily Chambers – 3,000 Meter Run/5,000 Meter Run
Myan Elrington – 4×400 Meter Relay/Triple Jump
Precious Posey – 4×400 Meter Relay
Jordan Hawman – 4×400 Meter Relay
Gracie Kopala – Distance Medley
Janeane Hernandez – Distance Medley
Brittney Wesley – Long Jump
Talisa Stone – High Jump
Maggie Shea – Pole Vault
Published at Sun, 23 Feb 2020 07:05:00 +0000
Men’s Wrestling – Sat, Feb. 22, 2020 at 11:20 PM
ATCHISON, Kan. – With two student-athletes winning individual conference Championships, the Baker men’s wrestling team finished third at the 2020 Heart of America Conference Championships on Saturday.
The Wildcats were able to pick up 118 points on the day, finishing in third place just behind Missouri Valley. Grand View was able to finish in first place, posting a team score of 209.5.
At 125 pounds, Emmanuel Browne received a bye in the first two rounds. After winning by a 5-2 decision over Blake Bills of Missouri Valley, Browne found himself in the first place match. After a medical forfeit from Grand View’s Justin Portillo, Browne was named a conference champion in the 125-pound weight class and earned qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
Zane Baugh received a first round bye at 133 pounds and after a 3-0 decision win, Baugh lost his next two matches, placing him in the fifth place match. Baugh then went on to defeat Darquell Pierre of William Penn by a 4-2 decision, to finish fifth and qualify for the NAIA National Championships.
After receiving a first round bye, Asiel Flores lost his quarterfinal matchup. Flores then battled his way back through the consolation bracket, earning a spot in the third place match. Flores battled, but lost by a 6-4 decision. Despite the loss, Flores finished fourth and qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
In the 157-pound weight class, Colby Johnson reached the semifinals without a loss. After an injury default, Johnson was able to win in the consolation semifinals by a 14-0 major decision, earning a spot in the third place match. Johnson then found himself in a battle with Israel Casarez of Graceland. Johnson was able to come away with a 5-2 sudden victory win to finish and third place and qualify for nationals.
Isaiah Luellen was also able to qualify for the National Championships as he finished fourth in the 165-pound weight class. Luellen found himself in the third place match but fell to Kyle Caldwell of Grand View by a close 3-2 decision.
Lucas Lovvorn was able to keep his perfect season alive on Saturday, going 3-0 on the day to win another Heart of America Conference Championship. After winning his first two matches by fall, Lovvorn won by a 16-0 tech-fall in the first place match. Lovvorn was also named the Heart of America Wrestler of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Continuing a strong day for the Baker wrestlers, Jacob Smith posted a 2-1 record, falling in the first place match to finish in second place and earn another trip to the Heart of America Conference Championships.
The final national qualifier for the Baker wrestling team was David Dow who also posted a 1-1 record. After earning a bye in the first two rounds, Dow won by a 9-5 decision. In the first place match, Dow lost by a 2-0 decision, finishing in second, and earning another trip to the NAIA National Championships.
These eight Wildcats will be back in action on March 6-7, when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to compete in the 2020 NAIA National Championships.
Published at Sun, 23 Feb 2020 05:20:00 +0000