Lindsay Baker is about six months away from her first official meet as a member of Ashland University's track and field program.
The Eagle redshirt freshman, however, is well on her way to making her mark on a national stage.
Baker, competing at the 2018 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday (June 17), took second place in the women's shot put (four kilograms) with a top heave of 16.56 meters/54-feet-4. That placement means Baker will compete for Team USA at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.
Baker's top mark came on her fifth attempt on Sunday.
As a member of what Ashland head coach Jud Logan termed the "Fab Five," the Eagles' five women's redshirted freshmen throwers in 2017-18, Baker competed in several events unattached, both indoors and outdoors. Her top marks included 17.11 meters/56-feet-1¾ in the outdoor shot put, 47.85 meters/157-feet-0 in the discus throw, 50.95 meters/167-feet-2 in the hammer throw, 16.14 meters/52-feet-11½ in the indoor shot put, and 15.95 meters/52-feet-4 in the weight throw.
Baker's best mark in the outdoor shot put not only was 1.43 meters better than the 2018 NCAA Division II automatic qualifying standard (15.68 meters), but that mark would have won the D-II outdoor national title (winning mark was 16.52 meters).