Foresters compete in 109th annual Little State Championships

DeBoni punches tickets to NAIA outdoor nationals
MARION, Ind. – In addition to breaking the school record in the 200 meters, sophomore Daniel DeBoni also punched his ticket to the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with his 3rd-place finish time of 21.60 at the 109th annual Little State Championships held at Indiana Wesleyan University over the weekend.

The speedster also finished 5th in the 100 meters with his PR-tying time of 10.76 to earn a total of ten points for a Forester squad that finished 8th out of 11 teams with 41 points.

Jake Nash was the only other Forester to earn points in two different individual events. He tied his personal best in high jump with a leap of 2.00 meters good for 2nd. He also picked up 7th in triple jump with a distance of 12.88 meters.

Tyler Herber crushed his previous PR by over 45 seconds in the 10,000 meters, finishing 5th in 32:04.59. Brian Menzie clocked a 4:06.60 in the 1500 meters to take 3rd. Kai Foday’s heave of 45.50 meters in javelin earned him a 4th-place finish while Austin Presnell posted a 9:58.94 in the 3000 meter steeplechase to finish 8th as HU’s only other individual point getter.

Huntington’s other points came by way of two relays. HU finished 6th in the 4x100 in 42.95 and 7th in the 4x800 in 8:11.44.

The University of Indianapolis took the men’s title with 164 points followed by Vincennes (146), Bethel (98.5), IWU (95.5), Marian (95), Taylor (69), St. Joseph’s (61), HU (41), Goshen (26), Grace (20) and Saint Francis (3).

The Huntington women scored 20 points over the weekend to finish 9th out of 10 teams with Krista Wood accounting for half of those points. She crossed the line 3rd in the 5000 meters in 18:49.0 and took 5th in the 3000 meter steeplechase with her time of 11:27.42.

Christiana Hicks claimed 5th in triple jump with her leap of 10.15 meters while Gretchen Spahr registered 7th in the 5000 meters in 19:08.0. The Foresters also collected four points in relay action by finishing 7th in the 4x100 (50.65) and 4x400 (4:13.85).

The University of Indianapolis also took top honors for the women with 216.5 points followed by IWU (189), Taylor (104), Bethel (85.5), St. Joseph’s (79), Vincennes (53), Marian (41), Grace (25), HU (20) and Goshen (5),

The Foresters are back in action on Thursday to compete in the Manchester University Invitational.
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.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director