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01.23.14 | W Track & Field

Five Female 'Cats set for Nationals

Billi Pipes (left) and Ty Sloan (right) have already qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships Billi Pipes (left) and Ty Sloan (right) have already qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Six members of the Baker University indoor track and field team have already hit national standard marks in their respective events to qualify for the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Mar. 6-8, 2014 in Geneva, Ohio.

The six athletes include Jeremy Gathright in the men's 400-meter dash, the long jump and triple jump.

Gathright currently ranks No. 4 in the NAIA in the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.30, while he ranks No. 3 in the country in the long jump with a mark of 23'2.75" and is second nationally in the triple jump at 14.53-meters.

Billi Pipes has qualified for nationals in the 200-meter dash with her 25.73 time and ranks No. 8 nationally.

Tyler Sloan is No. 7 in the country in the 60-meter high hurdles with her time of 8.95 and teammate Jana Koegel has also hit the national standard time for nationals and ranks No. 12 nationally with her time of 9.14

Kayla Hannam has qualified for nationals in three events the high jump, triple jump and pentathlon. She currently ranks fourth in the NAIA in the high jump with a jump of 1.65-meters she also ranks No. 5 in the triple jump with a mark of 11.17-meters and No. 7 in the pentathlon with 2,858 points.

Valerie Schirmer is the final Wildcat to have qualified for nationals in this young portion of the indoor schedule. She currently ranks No. 6 in the country in the shot put with her throw of 13.48-meters at last week's JCCC Cavalier Invite.

Baker will next compete in the Dutch Athletics Classic hosted by Iowa Central College in Pella, Iowa on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.

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