Baker is a sixth-grade distance runner who is already making waves in the running community. She collected two wins in her 2023 season and played a monumental role in securing East Rankin's MAIS 5A Team Title. Despite being in the sixth grade, Baker only raced two JV races and acquired a two-mile record of 13:23. Instead of dominating the middle school scene, she took to the varsity courses and ran a 20:08 in the 5000m race. At the MAIS Overall XC Meet, she placed third on the East Rankin squad and was a key factor in their victory that day. East Rankin Academy beat out Simpson Academy by two points for the team title, a feat that could not have been accomplished without Jewel Baker.
RESULTS: MAIS Overall XC Meet 2023
Baker's talent and hard work made her the fastest sixth-grader in the state this year, and the second fastest sixth-grader to ever touch the 5000m race in Mississippi. Outside of Mississippi, she is ranked as the fourth fastest sixth-grader in the nation for the 5000m.
RANKINGS: United States 6th Grade Girls 5000m List
Be on the lookout for Jewel Baker in the coming years, as her running career is just getting started.
Written by: Bennett Ferguson