The Moore American


March 27, 2013

Baker back on right track with Sooners

Former Southmoore standout finds a home at Oklahoma

MOORE — Former SMH star finds home with Sooners

When Ethan Baker graduated from Southmoore in 2010, he was heading north to make his mark in the world. He had accepted a scholarship from Nebraska to run track and he was looking forward to joining one of the premier programs in the nation.

However, less than three years later, Baker is back home in Oklahoma where he belongs, with the Sooners.

“I fit into this program really well,” Baker said. “A new coach came when I came. He has been awesome. He really knows what he’s talking about and stuff. It’s working out pretty well.”

Two years ago, Baker couldn’t have said the same thing in NU. From the moment he arrive in Lincoln, NE., he could tell it wasn’t the right place for him.

“I went on visit to Nebraska and really liked it,” Baker said. “Liked all the people and coaches really well. But when I got up there, the weather didn’t really click with me very well. Then I got hurt up there and it made it even worse. So then I decided to come back home. Because if I am going to transfer, I might as well go somewhere I know I would like. So I came here.”

Former Southmoore track coach Adam Helms said his former pupil may have also been homesick.

“He’s a big family kid,” Helm said. “It puts him back closer to his family. It puts him in a good situation to be able to run and compete at the D-I level without having to go somewhere that is less desirable. He is still in a good program and a situation where he can excel.”

However, Baker has been through much tougher, which helped prepare him for this troubled patch.

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