Two Missouri Baptist University women’s track athletes, Mia Reed and Emily Bayer, qualified to run in the prestigious NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals, where they are running today in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Both runners met the “A” standard for their events, including the daunting steeplechase.
Emily Bayer lands with a splash as she races the steeplechase at the 2021 AMC Conference Championship. Bayer and teammate Mia Reed are racing today at the NAIA Nationals in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Photo courtesy of MBU Athletics
When the news broke that athletic operations would be suspended for the remainder of the semester, emotions of shock and grief were shared by all MBU athletic programs. These teams, despite the hardship, ended up finding support in each other and dug deep to keep their bond and sense of community intact.
This story is part of a series of ongoing stories and analyses produced by MBU Timeline staff members, focusing on several aspects of COVID-19 and how it has changed the lives of students, faculty members, athletes … everyone. Photo courtesy of Luke Slagle — Graphic by Dylan White