Baker top-ranked Kansas, conference school in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
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 finished with a combined 369 points for the fall, winter and spring seasons to finish 31st nationally. The Wildcats compiled 177 points in the fall, highlighted by the men’s soccer team’s national semifinal appearance and the women’s soccer team’s national quarterfinal appearance. The men’s cross country team finished 25th nationally.
“The Top 40 ranking in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings is a fitting end to remarkable year for Baker athletics,” said Theresa Yetmar, director of athletics at Baker. “ Our student-athletes and coaches worked exceptionally hard to elevate our programs this season. We are extremely proud of all of them. We could not have seen this level of success in our programs without the support from our president, Dr. Pat Long, the University administrative team, alumni and fans. We look forward to continuing to build on this tradition of winning next season.”
For the winter season, Baker was bolstered by the wrestling team’s 11th-place finish at nationals and the men’s basketball team qualifying for the national tournament in Kansas City, Mo. The women’s track and field team placed 26th at the national indoor meet.
Baker’s best team performance in the spring was a 12th-place finish by the women’s track and field team, led by Stephanie Nelson’s individual title in the javelin, at the national outdoor meet.
In the overall Learfield standings, Azusa Pacific in California was No. 1 with 918 points and Shorter (Ga.) was No. 2 with 856 points.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s. View the complete rankings.
Baker participates in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, volleyball, wrestling, and women’s bowling.