Dec. 10, 2007
Butler junior Andy Baker continued his impressive post-season run with a 12th place finish at the European U23 Cross Country Championships in Madrid, Spain. His effort helped lead Great Britain to the team championship at the meet.
Baker covered the 8.21 kilometer course in 24:58, while finishing second for his team. He helped seal the team title for his home country. Great Britain and Poland tied for first with 52 points, but the championship was awarded to Great Britain based on the finish of each team's fourth runner.
Baker's strong performance didn't surprise Butler cross country coach Matt Roe.
"Andy has adapted well to new training and a new life in the United States," said Roe. "He has improved dramatically in the last few months at Butler and has great potential for the future. Our program is extremely proud of his accomplishments. He has represented Butler and Great Britain with distinction."
Baker, who earned All-America honors with a 28th place finish at the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Championship, was hand-selected by UK Athletics to represent Great Britain at the European Championships. He became the first British U23 male to be selected for the team without having run in the trials competition. Baker was the top British finisher at the NCAA Championships.