June 5, 2009

Andy Baker, Kent Wories Named Academic All-District

Butler distance runners Andy Baker and Kent Wories have been named to the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine District V All-Academic Track/Cross Country Team, selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).  Each earned first team recognition on the honor squad, chosen from Division I athletes at schools in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba.

Baker, a graduate student in Butler’s MBA program, is a two-time cross country All-American.  He was the individual winner at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship in both 2007 and 2008, and he was named Horizon League Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year in both seasons.  He also was named the Outstanding Running Performer at the 2008 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship and was selected as the 2008 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  Baker is the Butler record-holder in the indoor 5,000 meter run.

Wories is a repeat selection on the District V All-Academic Team.  The senior finance major first earned Academic All-District recognition a year ago, and he went on to earn third team Academic All-America honors.  He’s a two-time All-Horizon League pick in men’s cross country and a two-time member of the Horizon League Academic All-League Team.  He finished ninth at the 2008 Horizon League Cross Country Championship and then placed fourth in the 10,000 meter run at the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship.  He also finished fourth in the 5,000 meter run at the 2009 league indoor championship.  

To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Athletes chosen to the Academic All-District team will be placed on the national ballot for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, which will be announced later this summer.