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Track Title!

5.7.12 | Track and Field

Baker track and field teams take home 2012 HAAC Championship

2012 HAAC Champions Baker Track and Field

LAMONI, Iowa – It had been 12 years since the Baker women’s track and field team won a Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship, but that all changed on Saturday afternoon as Baker pulled away from runner-up Central Methodist University.

The defending champion men’s squad made it back-to-back titles for the first time under head track and field coach Zach Kindler.

The Baker women finished with 271 total points, ahead of CMU’s total of 217 points. The Baker men finished with 298 total points, outdistancing CMU’s 188.5 total.

Tyler Sloan led the Baker women taking home the gold in three events (100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, and 100 meter dash). Sloan was also the anchor on the 4x400 meter relay team which took runner-up honors.

Katie Thurbon continued her dominance in the pole vault, taking home the gold with a mark of 3.50 meters. She currently ranks No. 1 nationally

Jeremy Gathright highlighted the men’s side taking home the gold medal in the 200 meter, 400 meter, long jump, triple jump, and also claimed victories in numerous relay teams in the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter races. With the performance, he was named the Most Valuable Athlete at the meet.

JL Anderson took home the gold in the 100 meter race with a time of 11:49, Joe Naughton won the hammer with a mark of 49.28 meters and Taylor Nall claimed the steeplechase crown with a time of 10:00.36.

Baker will now gear up for the 32nd Annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set to take place May 24-26 on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.

View the full meet results here.

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