Baker finishes fifth at New Balance Nationals

Baker finishes fifth at New Balance Nationals

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Baker finishes fifth at New Balance Nationals

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Brock Baker plans on taking a two-week break from running where he promises he won’t run at all.

Honest.

Really, he’s serious.

The rising Oakland High senior is taking his first break since December to rest his legs.

But, it’s a much-deserved break.

Baker, who won the Class AAA 1,600-meter run and 3,200 during last month’s TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling state championships, finished fifth in the two-mile at the New Balance Outdoor Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in 9:00.22.

He was 10th in a highly competitive one-mile final in 4:12.50. He was less than a second from second.

“Finally, my track season is over,” Baker said. “I’m not running at all. It’s the first time since fifth grade I’ve not ran. I’m just taking a break. I’ve been running non-stop since December.

“I’m waking up late. I may play some golf. I’m going to go to the beach.”

And he insists there will be no running on the beach, just fun in the sun.

Baker said he’s beginning to mull over college opportunities. However, he hasn’t started to whittle down his choices.

“I want some to come in for some home visits,” Baker said. “I’m not leaning any specific way toward a specific college. I’m going to let God lead me to my decision.”

La Vergne’s three throwers of Marcus Franklin, Aaron Staten and Alex Young also competed.

Franklin, a state champion in the discus last month, threw 156-feet-3 to finish 13th. Teammate Aaron Staten was 14th in the discus with a toss of 155-01. Alex Young, who won the state title in the shot put, finished 12th in the hammer, throwing 180-10.

Baker said he was pleased with his times in the nationals.

“The two-mile was good. I got fifth, so I got All-American status. Except for the top two, it was a close race down to the wire.

“It shows me that I’m able to run with anyone out there. I made mistakes during the races, but the cool thing is I can fix them. Maybe then I can go for a national title (next year).”

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