Eli Baker
    Eli Baker


    Marion, Ill.

    High School:


    A local standout from Marion, Baker established himself as SIU's No. 2 runner during his freshman year and will look to challenge Doron Giat for the No. 1 spot in 2002. Placed 23rd at the MVC Championships (25:48 in 8K), and had a season-best 8K time of 25:27 at the Saluki Invitational, placing 9th. Had three top-10 finishes in five meets overall.

    2001 Results: 5th at Saluki Fast Start Open (20:28 in 6K); 69th at Illinois Invitational (25:51 in 8K); 9th at Saluki Invitational (25:27 in 8K); 8th at Illinois State Invitational (26:13 in 8K); 23rd at MVC Championships (25:48).

    At Marion H.S.: 3-time All South Seven Conference and All-South selection, 1-time conference champion, regional champion, all-stater and sectional champion.

    Personal: Son of Joseph and Leana Baker. Majoring in education.