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Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
High School: Bakersfield High
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Plans to major in Exercise Science and eventually pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Personal Bests: 5:10.82@ (Mile), 10:20.33@ (3,000m), 18:20.37@ (5,000m)

2013 Cross Country: Competed at two meets... Came away with a 23rd place finish at the George Kyte Classic to open up the season with a time of 18:34.6... Finished 20th at the Dave Murray Invitational with a time of 18:22.41.

2012 Cross Country: Competed in the Big Sky Championships for the first time in her career, placing 48th overall in a 5K time of 19:12.2 ... Ran three other races in the regular season, the best of which came at the home-opening George Kyte Classic ... Took 21st at that meet in a time of 18:39.8.

2012 Track & Field: Had the team’s No. 4 time in the 3,000m and No. 5 time in the 5,000m during the indoor season ... Ran 10:20.33@ at the Mtn. T’s Invite for her career-best 3K time ... Came in 12th overall in the 5K at Big Sky Indoors with a PB of 18:20.37@ ... Best showing during the outdoor season in the 5K came at the Beach Invitational (18:35.60) ... Ran a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:56.43 at the Tailwind Invite.

2011 Cross Country: Competed in three races during her inaugural season with the Lumberjacks ... Placed 30th (19:49.0) at the George Kyte Classic to begin her NAU career ... Cracked the Top 20 in her final two races, earning a 20th-place mark at the Dave Murray Invitational (18:28.0) and a 17th-place finish at the Grand Canyon Invitational (19:38.9).

High School: Competed in three sports in high school--soccer, cross country, and track & field ... Was team captain all four years in both cross country and track & field ... Named All-Area Athlete of the Year in cross country ... Named MVP of her cross country team four times ... Was MVP and named to the All-Area First Team her senior year ... Set school records in the 3-mile, 5K, and 1-mile runs ... Her new record in the 1-mile (5:05) replaced a 33-year-old mark of 5:10.

Personal: Born to Rob and Sally Baker on July 15, 1993 ... Has older brother, Thomas, an older sister, Katy, and a younger sister, Maggie ... Also considered San Jose State, Cal State-Bakersfield, and Boise State before choosing NAU ... Hobbies include cycling, watching movies, and paddleboarding.