HU Track & Field opens outdoor season at Emory

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Forester track & field teams opened their outdoor season by spending the last part of their spring break down south competing in the Emory University Invitational where the men tied for 10th out of 23 teams while the women finished 16th out of 25 teams.

On the men’s side, HU had a strong outing in field events behind 15 points from Jake Nash. He won high jump with a leap of 2.0 meters to claim Huntington’s only gold and finished fourth in triple jump with a measurement of 13.40 meters, which ties him for 5th in the Forester record books.

Brooks Gerke also scored in multiple events for Huntington with his highest finish coming in triple jump where he claimed 5th with a leap of 13.38 meters, the 7th farthest distance in school history. He also picked up points in long jump (7th, 6.45 meters), pole vault (8th, 3.85 meters) and javelin (8th, 44.44 meters).

Tyler Herber also had a record-setting performance in the 10,000 meters. He crossed the line 6th in 32:49.81, earning him the No. 5 spot in HU record book. Other point-getters for Huntington included Jacob Stone in pole vault (7th, 3.85 meters) and Logan Knox in hammer throw (6th, 43.31 meters).

Marian took the men’s title with 106 points followed by Kennesaw State, Emory (73), Clayton State (68), Hope (58), Wisconsin Stout (49), Tennessee Wesleyan (47), Shorter (47), Otterbein (45), HU (40), Birmingham Southern (40), Columbus State (40), Wittenberg (37), Emmanuel (30), Tuskegee (28), Lee (24), Lindsey Wilson (19), Campbellsville (15), Grinnell (12), Southern Wesleyan (11), Montevallo (9), Hannibal LaGrange (8), Clark Atlanta (4) and West Georgia (4).

Krista Wood topped the women with a 3rd place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. She posted a PR time of 11:45.26 which moves her from 5th to 3rd in the Forester history books. Natalie Spahr and Briana Gregory also earned points for the Foresters. Spahr finished 5th in the 5,000 meters B-section (19:37.34) while Gregory took 8th in the 100 meters (13.03).

HU other points came by way of the distance medley relay team of Christine Sparks, Kim Elser, Erin Rockey and Gretchen Spahr who claimed 4th in 13:22.35.

Kennesaw State ran away with the women’s title with 175 points followed by Hope (76), Brenau (70.5), Wisconsin Stout (62.5), Emory (59.5), Otterbein (56.5), Clayton State (56), Columbus State (45), Montevallo (43), Grinnell (31), Wittenberg (29), Birmingham Southern (26), Lindsey Wilson (25), Campbellsville (20), Tuskegee (17), HU (16), Clark Atlanta (15), West Georgia (14), Oglethorpe (14), Tennessee Wesleyan (11), Marian (9), Shorter (8), Lee (6), Hannibal LaGrange (6), Emmanuel (3) and Berry (3).
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