Cards set a record in classsroom achievement
Tyler Byrne finished eighth in the 10,000m race to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Mattias Wolter won the 3,000m steeplechase title at last year's preliminary rounds competition.
The Cardinals will compete in Jacksonville, Fla., from May 29-31 to qualify for the national championships.
Seven student-athletes achieved at least season-best marks at the meet.
2014 Cardinal Twilight Meet
Track and Field AAC Outdoor Championships Day Three
Track and Field AAC Championships Practice
Weight Throw - 16.81m/55-2
Discus - 49.71m/163-1
Hammer Throw - 53.91m/176-10
2012-13: Earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team honors ... competed in two outdoor events (discus, hammer throw) and the weight throw during the indoor season ... qualified for the NCAA Division I Preliminary Rounds in the discus ... placed sixth in the discus and seventh in the hammer at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... took fifth in the discus at the Border Battle behind a personal-best 49.71m/163-1 ... placed seventh in the weight throw at the Hoosier Hills Invitational ... had a collegiate-best mark of 16.81m/55-2 in the weight throw at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
2011-12: Competed in two outdoor disciplines (discus and hammer throw) and one indoor event (weight throw) ... qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw and discus events ... registered a personal-best mark 53.91m/176-10 in the hammer throw at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational ... had an eighth-place showing in the weight throw at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
2010-11: Competed in two outdoor events (discus, hammer throw) and one indoor event (weight throw) ... qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the discus and hammer throw ... had a season-best 50.98m/167-3 in the hammer throw at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational ... had a pair of sixth place finishes (discus, hammer throw) at the Border Battle ... registered top weight throw mark at the Gladstein Invitational (15.48m/50-9.5).
Prep: Highly touted recruit from Marion High under coaches Glen Gibbons and Jenna Griffith ... was a 2005 USA Track & Field National All-American ... placed second at nationals in the discus ... holds the USA Track & Field state record for the hammer throw ... the Illinois High School Association Class 2A record-holder in the discus ... a two-time Class 2A state champion in the discus ... four-time conference and sectional champion ... earned all-state honors as a sophomore by placing eighth at the state tournament ... competed for the Swamp Fox Track Club (USATF) ... also excelled academically ... four-time all-academic and all-conference academic selections ... was a member of four honor societies: National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and National Math Honor Society ... three-time gold Rotary Key winner ... won the Lion's Club Award three times ... personal records as a prep: 152-3 (discus) and 131-6 (hammer).
Personal: Daughter of Joe and Leana Baker ... birthday is Oct. 12 ... has two brothers ... majoring in accounting.