Track and Field is a sporting event which highlights skills of running, jumping, and even throwing. For junior Sydney Baker, track is not only about highlighting her skills, but also an opportunity to set new goals for herself.
Baker is not only one of Butler’s top sprinters, but she is also a prominent member of the swim team. She believes being a multi-sport athlete has made her well-rounded because swimming and track are so different.
“Sydney is a strong, coachable athlete, and a good reliable teammate. She works hard at practice and in the weight room. She comes ready to compete on race day,” Varsity Girls’ Track Head Coach Kyle Schoenherr said.
Baker says her favorite thing about running track is the love and support received from her teammates. “They are constantly making sure they are doing everything they can to improve our team and always building each other up.”
As part of the track team, she is a consistent contributor in the 100, 200, and 400-meter races. “Her strength and speed have improved each year. As a result, so has her impact on the team’s success,” Schoenherr said.
This school year, she has earned a spot on Butler’s record board as part of the Middle Medley Relay Team in track. In swimming, Baker, along with teammates Molly Hetzer, Abbey Burton, and Elaine Dean, broke the Butler record in the Women’s 200 Medley Relay.
Breaking records has been one of her favorite memories. She also said, days she spends with her teammates, whether riding on busses or attending team dinners, are some of the greatest days of her life.
“To be highlighted as the Athlete of the Month is such an honor. To be recognized by my coaches is honestly one of the greatest feelings. I always strive to make them proud and couldn’t be more thankful for them believing in me,” Baker said.
She would like to thank her coaches, family, friends, and teachers for contributing to her success. A special thank you to her mom, Lydia, whom she calls her hero and says she would not be where she is today, without her.