Baker, Malasarte Named to SEC Community Service Teams
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May 21, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Georgia's Luke Baker and Megan Malasarte were named to the 2014 SEC Track & Field and Cross Country Community Service Teams, as announced by the conference office.

The league presents a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight a male and female athlete from each school who give back to his or her community through superior service efforts.

A junior out of McDonough, Georgia, Baker turned in an outdoor season-best time of 29:37.45 in the 10k at the Raleigh Relays to place 11th in the race. He scored in the event for the Bulldogs at the SEC Championships, placing fifth in a time of 29:58.60.

Baker volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at Calvary Bible Church in Athens, leading elementary and middle school students in games, worship, Bible study and discussion. He participates in the annual Home Runs for Hometown Heroes baseball game that benefits disabled children with the Special Olympics, in addition to giving speeches with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program at Clarke Central High School.

Baker hosted a Halloween Dodgeball Tournament in order to raise money for a local charity, and he was also named to the 2012-13 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Malasarte is heavily involved in community service activities in the Athens Community. She recently participated in the Home Runs for Hometown Heroes event and also volunteered at the Annual 5k Dawg Trot and Kids' Fun Run.

Malasarte spoke at a "Let's Move" event for Clarke County Middle Schools, touching on the subjects of healthy living and nutrition for middle school students. The senior middle-distance runner assisted with supervising and greeting children as they walked to school during the Barrow Elementary "Safe Routes to School" program, and she was also one of five UGA student-athletes that spoke to children at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School (LaGrange) about the importance of preventing bullying and being a good friend.

Malasarte recently worked with the "Shop with a Bulldog" program where she volunteered as a student mentor and raised money to take a child shopping for the day.

Malasarte is coming off a strong performance at the SEC Championships, where she earned third-place honors in her signature event, the 800 meters. Her top time of the season came at the Mt. SAC Relays in April when she turned in a 2:03.30 against some of the top competition in the nation. She claimed the 800-meter title at the Drake Relays for the second straight year with a winning time of 2:03.61.

Qualifying members of the men's and women's track and field squads will return to action May 29-31 at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Florida. Stay tuned to georgiadogs.com for a full list of qualifiers and information on the Regional, or follow on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.

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