November 7, 2009

Andy Baker Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Butler’s Andy Baker, who set a blistering pace on the cross country course and in the classroom, has been named the Horizon League Male Scholar Athlete of the Month for October.  He’s the second consecutive Butler male athlete to win the award this year.

Baker, who’s from Minehead, United Kingdom, posted three consecutive “Top Three” individual finishes during the month, including his third straight Horizon League championship.  He became the first athlete in Horizon League history to win the league’s individual cross country title outright in three successive years!  His effort helped the Bulldogs capture a 12th consecutive Horizon League team title.

The two-time cross country All-American also placed runner-up at the Pre-National Invitational, featuring some of the nation’s top cross country squads, and he placed third at the elite Notre Dame Invitational.  Baker was named Horizon League Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week during October. 

A second team Academic All-American last year, Baker boasts a 3.871 grade-point average as a graduate student working towards a master’s degree in business administration.  He’s been named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team, the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll and the Butler Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Jackie Kondratko of Valparaiso was selected as the Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October.  The women’s soccer standout is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.95 grade point average.

Butler men’s soccer player Boris Gatzky was the first male athlete honored this fall with the Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award.  He earned the recognition for August/September.