National success leads to Top 20 ranking
Baker University’s national success during the winter sports season has resulted in a lofty ranking for the Wildcats’ athletic program.
Through March 22, Baker was No. 18 in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The honor ranks schools based on their performances at national events. Excelling in its third season, the Wildcats’ wrestling team placed 11th at the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa, to receive 66 points in the standings. The women’s track and field team received 33 points for its finish at the NAIA indoor in Geneva, Ohio. The men’s basketball team received 25 points for qualifying for the national tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Entering the spring season, Baker is the lone Heart of America Athletic Conference school in the NAIA Learfield Sports Top 25. It also is the only NAIA school from Kansas or Missouri to be ranked that high.
“We are extremely proud to represent the HAAC in the Top 25 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings,” said Baker University Athletic Director Theresa Yetmar. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our student-athletes and coaches. I want to thank our alumni, administration and fans for all the support they have given us over the past year.”
In the fall, Baker compiled 177 points for reaching the semifinals of the national men’s soccer tournament and quarterfinals of the women’s soccer tournament and for placing 25th at the men’s cross country meet. The Wildcats were ranked 10th nationally after the fall success.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. The first spring NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings will be released Thursday, May 31. Official standings will be published after the spring season.
See the current rankings.