Andy Baker Honored By Horizon League

Butler All-American Andy Baker, who again established himself as one of the top male runners in the nation at the ISU Pre-National Invitational, has been named Horizon League Cross Country Male Athlete of the Week for the period October 12-18.  It’s the third time this season he’s been honored by the league.

Baker placed runner-up at the Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State University on Oct. 17.  He finished the 8K race in 23:45.4, trailing individual champ Luke Puskedra of team winner Oregon by five seconds.  The 17-team race featured nine nationally-ranked squads.

Baker is a two-time cross country All-American and a two-time Horizon League Cross Country Athlete of the Year.  He’s placed first at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship for two straight years.  The senior standout has placed among the top three individuals in each of his three races this fall.

Butler’s cross country squads will have a week off before returning to action at the Horizon League Championship in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 31.