Enjoying the best overall athletics year in program history, Baker University was the top-ranked Kansas and Heart of America Athletic Conference school in the final 2011-2012 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for its performances at national events.
Baker University’s track and field teams capped an outstanding season with four All-American performances May 24-26 at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Marion, Ind.
Baker University sophomore Stephanie Nelson became the school’s first individual national track and field champion in nearly 60 years, winning the javelin on Thursday, May 24, at the NAIA Championships in Marion, Ind.
Baker University’s national success during the winter sports season has resulted in a lofty ranking for the Wildcats’ athletic program.
The Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament, Friday, May 18, is open to players of all skill levels and kicks off Alumni Weekend 2012. All proceeds will benefit Baker University student-athletes.
The momentum built by Baker’s successful fall sports carried over to the winter as indoor track athletes, the men’s basketball team and wrestlers performed well in national competition.
When Baker’s football team made history in 1890 by winning the first intercollegiate sporting event in the state, a 22-9 victory over the University of Kansas, the team’s name, the Methodists, didn’t reflect the team’s ferocity. While the Wildcat is now a firmly imbedded icon of athletic success, its look has changed with the times.
The men’s soccer team enjoyed a historic season, which included a HAAC regular season title and NAIA tournament Fab Four appearance.
In her first year as director of athletics at her alma mater, Theresa Yetmar, ’02, will be recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, joining six other recipients from all levels of collegiate competition.
Bubba Starling, from Gardner, Kan., who recently signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals, isn’t the only three-sport standout in the family. His mother, Deb Strack Starling, ’87, competed in track, volleyball and softball at Baker after graduating from Gardner High School. His sister Jamie is a member of the Wildcat volleyball team.