After spending all or a portion of their collegiate athletic careers as members of the Huntington University cross country and track and field teams, three former Forester harriers have continued to pursue their passion for running and are making a name for themselves among the elite in their sport.
Eric Ade, John Ngure Ngigi, and Tobias Sauter each participated in a first-class marathon in or near their respective homes within the last 10 days and came away with two wins and a personal best between the three.
Ade, a 2000 graduate from Fort Wayne, Indiana, ran in the Chicago Marathon on October 12 and finished 113th in a field of 35,000 runners with a time of 2:41.33. As a first-time participant in a marathon, Ade's top 1% finish established a personal mark he'll aspire to eclipse in future events.
During his years at HU, Ade was a four-year participant in cross country and track and field. He was the #2 runner for the Forester cross country squad that finished sixth at the NAIA National Championships in the fall of 1999. He also qualified for the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships as a senior in 2000 and finished tenth in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
John Ngure Ngigi, a 2003 graduate now living in Glide, Oregon, was one of 9,200 competitors running in the Portland, Oregon marathon and he posted the winning time of 2:41.22. He out-sprinted his closest competitor to the finish line crossing 36 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Ngigi graduated from HU as the most decorated runner in Forester history. He was a nine-time NAIA First Team All-American earning six in track and three in cross country. At the 2003 Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Ngigi won the national championship in the 10,000 meter and less than 36 hours later won the marathon as well. That feat earned him the NAIA National Championship's Outstanding Male Performer award. At the completion of his career, he held five school records and continues to hold the MCC Conference record in 10,000 meter. Ngigi is set to be inducted in Huntington University's Athletic Hall of Fame on November 15, 2008.
Tobias Sauter, who came to HU from Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany for the 2007-08 academic year, competed in the 46th running of the RWE Marathon held in Essen, Germany on October 12. He ran away from the field of 1337 participants with a winning time of 2:18.24, nearly three minutes faster than the second place finisher.
Although Sauter's Forester career was short, he helped lead the cross country team to a 12th place finish at the NAIA National Championships last fall and he earned NAIA First Team All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the 5000 meter at the 2008 Indoor Track and Field National Championships.