Ballard grad shatters NCAA record

Ballard grad shatters NCAA record

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Ballard grad shatters NCAA record

Ronnie Baker sets 2016 mark in 60-meter dash

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Ronnie Baker sets 2016 mark in 60-meter dash

Ballard High School product and Texas Christian University track and field athlete Ronnie Baker defended his NCAA 60-meter title this past weekend in record-breaking fashion.

His time of 6.47 broke the previous NCAA record of 6.51 set by Clemson’s Jacoby Ford in 2009. The time was the third-fastest in collegiate track and field history, and the fastest time in the world in 2016. For context, Baker’s time was faster than Jamaican Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell’s time of 6.49 that was set this February in Houston, Texas.

Baker, a junior, has collected numerous accolades since joining TCU. He’s a five-time All-American, an outdoor Big 12 champion in the 4×100 meter relay, and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 member.

In high school, Baker was twice named the Kentucky Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He was a two-time state champion in the 100 meter dash and 400 meter dash, and finished in second place in both his junior and senior seasons at the state championships in the 200 meter dash.

 

 

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