ANDERSON, Ind. – Competing in their final regular season indoor meet, the HU men’s and women’s track & field teams each took second at the Fred Wilt Memorial Invitational hosted by Anderson University on Saturday.
Erin Rockey and Gretchen Spahr each brought home a top finish to pace the Forester women. Rockey ran a personal-best 3:11.58 in the 1,000 meters to claim first and move up a spot to 7th in the HU record books. Spahr took top honors in the 5,000 meters where she crossed the line in 19:25.03.
HU tallied 12 points in the 400 meter dash where Shana Christian placed 2nd in 1:03.36 while teammate Christine Sparks finished 4th in 1:03.77. The Foresters also earned 18 points in relay action where they took 1st in the 4x200 meter and 2nd in the 4x400 meter.
Hannah Moore posted the fifth fastest time in program history in the mile by clocking a 5:24.69 good for second place while Christiana Hicks brought home two 4th place finishes in the 200 meters (27.28) and triple jump (10.03 meters).
Brianna Gregory and Alyssa Haselby had record-setting days in the 60 meters. Gregory climbed to third in the Forester record books with her fifth-place time of 8.19. Haselby recorded the fifth fastest time in HU history by finishing 6th in 8.23.
Other point-getters for Huntington included Rosie Ditzler in the 5,000 meters (5th, 20:15.12), Holly Lutton in the 60 meter hurdles (6th, 10.69), Krista Wood in steeplechase (2nd, 11:52.35) and Heather Johnson in pole vault (3rd, 2.75 meters).
DePauw claimed the women’s title with 113 points followed by HU (85), Centre (72), Anderson (48), Cedarville (48), Hanover (39), Western Kentucky (36), Webster (34), Manchester (28), Franklin (10.5), Union (10), Spalding (8.5) and Saint Francis (1).
On the men’s side, Wabash finished first with 101 points followed by HU (71), Anderson (66), Spalding (44), DePauw (41), Franklin (37), Centre (32), Webster (27), Cedarville (10.5), Defiance (18), Manchester (17), Mount St. Joseph (14), Hanover (11.5), Calumet St. Joseph (9), Saint Francis (8), Kentucky Wesleyan (6), Rose Hulman (4), Union (2) and Georgetown (1).
Jake Nash continued his winning ways in high jump, bringing home a top finish with his leap of 2.02 meters. He also claimed 3rd in triple jump with a distance of 13.34 meters to earn 16 points for his team.
Austin Presnell was HU’s other top finisher. He won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:59.02.
Brian Menzie shaved off nearly three seconds from his PR in the mile where he crossed the line 3rd in 4:25.07 to bump up a spot to 6th in the HU record books.
Daniel DeBoni scored points in the 60 meters (7.14) and 200 meters (23.07*PR) where he finished 3rd and 5th respectively.
Other point-getters for HU included Tyler Herber in the 1,000 meters (4th, 2:42.78), Jacob Stone in pole vault (6th, 3.95 meters), Brooks Gerke in triple jump (4th, 12.42 meters) and Logan Knox in weight throw (5th, 13.96 meters).
The Foresters also scored 16 points in the relays by finishing 2nd in both the 4x200 meters and 4x400 meters.
Nash and Sparks will represent Huntington at the 2014 NAIA National Indoor Track & Field Championships slated for later this week.