Forester track & field opens indoor season at Trine

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2014-01-17
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Forester track and field teams opened up the indoor portion of their season this past weekend at the Trine University Open where the men brought home four top finishes while the women collected three.

Jake Nash paced the men’s team with a pair of first place finishes in high jump (6’5) and triple jump (38’2). His leap of 6-5 is the third highest jump in HU program history. Jeff Lyons and Matt Kevan currently hold the indoor record in high jump at 6’6.

The Foresters proved to be some of the fastest athletes at the meet with Daniel DeBoni topping all sprinters in the 60 meters with a time of 7.22 while teammates Sean Sewell (7.39) and Scott Skiles (7.48) finished second and fifth respectively. 

Logan Knox also had a strong showing. The senior had a winning throw of 39’8.75 in shot put and set a new PR in weight throw with his third-place toss of 47’6.75.

HU claimed three of the top five spots in the mile with Eric Baker (3rd, 4:38.09) leading the way followed by Josh Graham (4th, 4:38.93) and Brian Menzie (5th, 4:38.93).

Other top five finishers for Huntington included Michael Bowman in the 600 meters (5th, 1:29.09), Brooks Gerke in the long jump (20’7.50), Austin Presnell in the 3000 meters (3rd, 9:11.30), Tyler Herber in the 3000 meters (4th, 9:14.31) and Jacob Stone in the pole vault (tied for 3rd, 11’11.50).

On the women’s side, Christiana Hicks had a great showing in her college debut. Her leap of 34’6 in triple jump landed her a spot in the HU record books as the second farthest leap in program history. She also recorded the fourth fastest time in HU history with her second place time of 8.25 in the 60 meters and finished fifth in long jump with a leap of 14’8.25.

Christine Sparks and Hannah Moore also topped out in their event. Sparks clocked a winning time of 5:32.30 in the mile while Moore crossed the line first in the 3000 meters in 11:50.48.Teammates Rosie Ditzler (12:05.16) and Miranda Boyts (12:20.58) weren’t far behind as they picked up second and third to sweep the top three spots in the 3000 meters.

Ashley Williams set two new PRs in throws. She finished second in both shot put and weight throw with tosses of 33’5.50 and 39’1.50 respectively. Heather Johnson also picked up a second place finish in pole vault by going 9’4.

Other top five finishers for HU included Erin Rockey in the mile (2nd, 5:52.68), Holly Lutton in the 60 meter hurdles (5th, 10.68), Brianna Gregory in long jump (4th, 14’11) and Korisa Kitts in shot put (3rd, 33’2.75) and weight throw (5th, 35’3).

The Foresters have a two-week break before competing at Taylor University on February 1. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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