Feb. 20, 2009
Senior Andy Baker, who broke Butler's 5,000 meter indoor record at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 13), has been recognized with a pair of Horizon League weekly honors. The Butler distance ace was named league male Track Athlete of the Week for running events, and he was selected as the league's male Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Baker turned in a personal best performance while running in the top section of the men's 5,000 meter run at the Husky Classic, the nation's deepest indoor meet for distance running. He crossed the finish line in 14:00.51, to break the previous Butler record of 14:02.32 set by Mark Tucker in 2002. He also topped the NCAA indoor national qualifying standard.
In addition to his excellence on the track, Baker (Minehead, U.K./West Somerset CC) has been a top performer in the classroom. A graduate student in business administration, he boasts a 3.818 grade point average. He's been named to the Butler's Athletic Director's Honor Roll, and he's been recognized on Butler's 4.00 honor roll.
Baker is the first Butler athlete to earn track Athlete of the Week recognition and the first Butler track athlete to be named Scholar-Athlete of the week this season.