June 22, 2010

Andy Baker Named To Academic All-America Team

Butler distance ace Andy Baker capped off an honor-filled career by being named second team on the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine University Division Academic All-America Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Team, chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).  He earned the national academic recognition for the second consecutive year.

Baker, who compiled a 3.907 grade point average in Butler’s MBA program, completed his eligibility in the fall, while leading Butler to a 12th consecutive Horizon League cross country title.  He won the league’s individual crown for a third consecutive year, becoming the first athlete in league history to win the individual championship outright in three straight years!

A three-time Horizon League Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Baker qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship in each of the past three seasons.  He earned NCAA All-America honors in 2007 and 2008.

His academic recognition includes being named to the USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Team for three straight years.  He was named first team on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team in 2008-09 and 2009-10, and he was chosen to the Horizon League Academic All-League squad for two straight years.  He’s been named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month (October, 2009), chosen to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll and been selected to the Butler Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

“Andy Baker is a young man of great character,” said Butler track and field and cross country coach Matt Roe.  “He is a true example of the term student-athlete, equally driven to achieve in the classroom and in competition.  Beyond his bevy of individual and academic awards, Andy’s serving as a mentor to younger Butler athletes and his selfless commitment to our program, I believe, will be his greatest legacy at Butler.”

Baker also had a standout career on Butler’s track and field team.  He was named the 2008 Horizon League Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, and he was chosen as the Outstanding Running Performer at the 2008 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship.  He holds Butler’s indoor 5,000 meter record with a time of 14:00.51, set in 2009.

Baker is the fifth Butler student-athlete to earn Academic All-America recognition in 2009-10.  Other Butler student-athletes receiving the national honor  this year were Grant Hunter (football), Conner Burt (men’s soccer), Matt Howard (men’s basketball) and Gordon Hayward (men’s basketball).