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Ballard grad Ronnie Baker sprints to career-best mark in 60 meter dash

TCU's Ronnie Baker (2513) and Japan's Yoshihide Kiryu (1280) compete in the men's 100-meter dash during the Texas Relays, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

TCU’s Ronnie Baker (2513) and Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu (1280) compete in the men’s 100-meter dash during the Texas Relays, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

Ballard High School graduate Ronnie Baker’s career as a world-class sprinter now includes the 12th-best 60-meter time in world history.

Competing on Friday in the Copernicus Cup in Poland as part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, Baker won the 60-meter dash in a dazzling 6.46 seconds, setting a career-high as well as the fastest mark in 2017. According to the IAAF, it’s also the 12th-fastest time in the 60-meter dash in indoor track history.

Baker was a two-time NCAA champion in the 60-meter dash during his four years at Texas Christian University. Baker was a two-time Gatorade Kentucky State Track and Field Athlete of the Year at Ballard.

In 2016, Baker was invited to the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, competing in the 100-meter dash.

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