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BWrightBrent Wright

Attended Iola High School in Iola, Kansas. Participated in and earned six letters in football and track. During summers, played American Legion baseball.

Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1968 and became an immediate starter for the Wildcat football squad. During his four years at Baker played linebacker and defensive end on defense, center and running back on offense and place kicker. Lettered all four years at Baker.

Lettered four years as a member of the Wildcat track team. Participated in the high jump and won conference in that event. Threw the discus, shot put and javelin. Held the school record for a short time in the javelin. Ran the 220-yard dash, the 100-yard dash and participated as a member of the 440-yard relay team with a best time of 42.6 seconds, a school record that stands to this day. Participated in the decathlon at the Kansas Relays.

On campus was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and participated in intramural basketball.

About halfway through his senior football season, assistant football coach Charlie Mansfield convinced head coach Jim Irick to try him at running back against Missouri Valley. In the game, Wright led all rushers with 154 yards. During his career was named the Wildcats’ most valuable player, team co-captain and was selected to several all-conference teams. After his senior campaign was named an NAIA.All-American. The Baker Orange presented Wright its first ever “Athlete-of-the-Year” Award for 1971-1972.

Following graduation from Baker with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education had a free-agent tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Signed a free-agent contract and went to training camp in 1972 with the Chiefs as a running back.

Career has been in farming and raising, training and showing horses. In 1987 purchased a facility in Ottawa and along with his wife formed a business to train Western Performance Horses. In this enterprise, has trained and shown many horses in the National Reining Horse Association, where he won the NRHA National Derby in 2001 and 2002, competing against over 200 riders. Was the NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion two consecutive years, co-champion at the Quarter Horse Congress Reining futurity and has trained and shown Custom Pistol, the highest money-earning horse in NRHA history.

Married to Janet Robinson Wright, ’72, and together they have one son, Tod.

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