Baker receives all-academic honor

Aledo Times Record
Kenzie Baker

A program-record eight Monmouth College track & field student athletes, in addition to the entire women's team, have been awarded the All-Academic honor by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The honorees are: Kenzie Baker (Aledo, Illinois), Alex Cutright (Glenwood Springs, Colorado), Cindy Ladner (Galesburg, Illinois), Hannah McVey (Monmouth, Illinois), Jonathan Oradiegwu (Richmond, Texas), Jordan Peckham (Farmington, Illinois), Austin Pfau (Leland, Illinois) and Reed Wilson (Normal, Illinois). Ladner, Pfau and Wilson are repeat honorees from the 2020 season.

The previous record was six student-athletes earning the honor back in 2009. This marks the 12th time since 2006 that multiple Scots have earned the honor in the same season and the fifth straight year that a Monmouth student-athlete has been awarded the All-Academic status.

The women's team posted a team GPA of 3.487 to earn the distinction of being an All-Academic Team. The criteria for the team award is a 3.1 cumulative team GPA and the women's team last earned the honor in 2019.

To be named a Division III Track & Field All-Academic Athlete, students must have a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA and also meet one of the following athletic criteria: Finished the season ranked among the top 50 individuals listed on TFRRS for their event; Compete as a member of a relay team ranked in the top 35; qualify for the Indoor or Outdoor National Championships

Baker graduated from Monmouth in May with a degree in Exercise Science. She finished her track career as an All-American after finishing eighth in the 200m race at the Outdoor National Championships. She finished eighth in the finals at 24.72 after running a career-best 24.38 in the semifinal heat. Baker was also named the Midwest Conference Southern Division Outstanding Track Performer of the Year and won the Monmouth College Kim Mead Award.