Columbia High School graduate Olivia Baker, Class of 2014, has been selected to represent Team USA at IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan in May.
According to the Star-Ledger, “This will be Baker’s first appearance as a member of USATF’s senior team.”
While at CHS, Baker earned six individual outdoor Meet of Champions titles and a state track and field record 11 Meet of Champions individual titles between indoor and outdoors combined (now tied by Union Catholic’s Sydney McLaughlin, who went on to compete for the U.S. at the Rio Olympics in 2016).
Baker split of 2:02.55 at the Penn Relays helped CHS to a 8:45.37 finish in 2014 that broke the state record and still stands as the No. 2 mark in U.S. history, reports the Star-Ledger. At Stanford, Baker earned All-American status 11 times.
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