Baker will run for the track team at Webster University in St. Louis
A three-sport athlete, Anthony Baker runs track, plays soccer and basketball for the Dixon Bulldogs.
And, if speaking truthfully, track wasn't the first thing that popped into his mind when deciding to compete athletically in college.
“Actually, I was trying to get into college soccer,” Baker said. “But that would be out of state for me because it was bigger colleges that wanted me. I decided I didn't want to go out of state. Then, Webster contacted me out of the blue and said, 'We want you to come run track.' I never had an interest in track.”
Coincidentally, he also has a former teammate, Mason Stevens, at Webster University in St. Louis who told him he would likely have more fun running track than playing soccer at the college level.
“He said you'll meet new people and become friends with them,” Baker said. “I said, Yeah, that's true because at meets in high school I'm friendly with everyone. So, I'm like, I want to go for track now. And that was my final decision.”
Baker said he will major in sports management or agency.
“I think it would be cool to manage a college team or professional team or own a couple of gyms,” Baker said. “I like to stay active.”
Dixon coach Jim Brown said the Gorloks will gain an incredibly versatile athlete who is willing to help his team in any event.
“Anthony has done just about everything for us,” Brown said. “He's an excellent sprinter, excellent 100 and 200-meter man, he has run on our 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, has been All-District in the 4x4 teams and was Frisco League champion in the 100 and Frisco League champion this last year in the 400. He'll do everything you'll ask of him. He's a very good long jumper as well. He's one of those kids where it's hard to decide how to use him.”
Baker said that ability comes from the extra time he spends working outside of required practices.
“It's just all my coaches – my soccer coach, basketball coach and my track coach – push me when I stay after practices and make me a better person, a better teammate and better leader for my team,” Baker said. “I don't just want to do one event. I want to show everyone you can do multiple events no matter what your talent is.”