I was born and raised in Overland Park as the only child of Glen and Hilary Duderstadt.
After graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 2009, I attended Baker University. I ran cross country and track for four years at Baker, and joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
While running and joining a fraternity required a lot of time commitment, the bulk of my schedule revolved around my work with the Baker Orange newspaper. I was the sports editor of the Baker Orange for my sophomore and junior years before becoming the editor-in-chief as a senior. I reported on every sport Baker had to offer with the exception of cross country and track since I competed in them.
I graduated from Baker in May of 2013 with a degree in mass media, and moved to Orlando the day after to begin an internship with the Sanford River Rats of Florida Collegiate Summer Baseball League. At the conclusion of the Florida League season in August, I was named the FCSL Journalist of the Year at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.
I have stayed true to my Kansas City roots as a fan of the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC. Although Sporting KC has been the only one of the three to have any postseason success during my 23 years of life, my fingers are crossed for the Royals to finally earn a playoff berth and for the Chiefs to pull out their first postseason win since I was 2.
Along with working as a part-time copy editor at the sports desk, I also help out with reporting assignments as needed. I am also the house director at Delta Tau Delta at Baker and plan to help out with the BU cross country and track teams as my time allows it this year.
After hosting events such as the NCAA West Preliminaries in 2016 and the Big 12 Championships in May, Kansas track and field coach Stanley Redwine was looking forward to see how Rock Chalk Park would be able to accommodate the USATF National Junior Olympics. By Chris Duderstadt
Mitch Cooper (discus), Strymar Livingston (800 meters) and Hussain Al Hizam (pole vault) won their respective events on Sunday at Rock Chalk Park to help the Kansas men's track and field team to a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Sharon Lokedi won the 5,000-meter run to cap a fifth-place finish for the KU women'
Kansas senior Sydney Conley won her second Big 12 title in the women's long jump to lead the Jayhawks on Day Two of the Big 12 track and field championships on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.
The No. 12-ranked Kansas men's track and field team won the scored invitational of the KU Relays on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park. Kansas finished second to Minnesota on the women's side. KU alumnus Michael Stigler continued to return to form by winning the college/open division of the 400-meter hurdles.
University of Kansas alumni Andrea Geubelle, Mason Finley and Michael Stigler returned to their old stomping grounds Friday for KU Relays at Rock Chalk Park, and KU freshman Gleb Dudarev jump-started the Jayhawks in their scored invitational against California, Southern Illinois, UMKC (men) and Minnesota (women).
The Kansas baseball team jumped on Creighton for two runs on three hits in the first inning, but the offense fizzled the rest of the way in its 7-3 loss to the Bluejays on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Life has been good for the Kansas softball team in the friendly confines of Arrocha Ballpark this season. After going 3-0 last weekend in the Jayhawk Invitational, Kansas kept on rolling in its home ballpark with a 5-3 win over UMKC on Thursday in its first of five games in the Rock Chalk Challenge.
Even with perennial college basketball powerhouse Arizona nearby, KU freshman Mitch Lightfoot chose to make his career at Kansas because of family ties to the Kansas City area. By Chris Duderstadt
Kansas women's basketball team had an all-around educational experience during its foreign tour from Aug. 8-18 in France and Switzerland. The Jayhawks posted a 4-0 record on the court, and did plenty of sight-seeing off of it.
Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull knows that he has a challenge ahead of him as he begins his first season of working at the collegiate level, but it is not a situation that the mild-mannered Louisiana native is nervous about. His first five months on David Beaty's staff have gone smoothly, as he has learned the ins and outs of Big 12 football, while also helping the program make huge recruiting strides in his home state. By Chris Duderstadt