HUNTINGTON, IN – Four Forester track and field athletes will travel to Olathe, Kansas, with head coach Tom King to the 2002 Pepsi-NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The meet, hosted by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25 at the Olathe District Activity Center.
Danielle Vohs (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North), Erin Abbey (Millbury, Ohio/Lake), Aimee Sullivan (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) and Jenny Cook (Gregory, Mich./Fowlerville) will join together in the 4x800 relay. Going into the meet, the relay is ranked ninth nationally with a time of 9:32.42. Their preliminary race will be run on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The top eight teams will move onto finals, held Friday at 5 p.m. Vohs holds the school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.46. Teammates Cook and Sullivan rank third and fifth, respectively, on the Foresters’ all-time top ten list in the 800. Cook turned in a time of 2:19.06 this season while Sullivan turned in a 2:20.80. Abbey, who has only run the 800 in the relay, is capable of posting a relay split similar to her teammates times.
Vohs, a four-time All-American, is ranked fifth nationally in the 1500-meter run. This season, Vohs broke the Foresters’ longest-standing school record in that event on April 6. Since then, she has broken her own record two other times and now heads into nationals with a time of 4:36.95. Vohs was conference champion in that event and in the 800-meter run. She will run her 1500-meter run preliminary race on Thursday at 11:50 a.m., with hopes to move onto finals on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.
Abbey, HC’s premier anchor athlete this season, will also compete in the women’s long jump at the national championships. Her jump of 17-07.5 met the provisional national qualification mark and is second on the Foresters’ all-time top ten list. Abbey was conference champion in that event this season and in the 400 hurdles. This season, she anchored the 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay and will anchor the 4x800 relay in Olathe this Thursday. The long jump competition will get underway on Thursday at 3 p.m., with finals immediately following the preliminary jumps.
For up-to-date information on the 2002 Pepsi-NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, visit www.naia.org. Also, check the HC track and field web site (www.huntington.edu/athletics/track) for the Foresters national results.
The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years HC has produced 33 All-Americans and 54 All-America Scholar Athletes. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.
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