GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Behind Jake Nash’s first place finish in high jump, the Forester men’s team finished ninth among 15 schools at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday while the women placed tenth among 17 teams.
Nash bested his best and re-established his school record with a winning leap of 6-8 as HU’s only top finisher. Brian Menzie turned in a fifth-place showing in the mile (4:38.03) as did Logan Knox in weight throw (47-2.75). Menzie also earned a point in the 1,000 meters with his 8th-place finish in 2:43.63.
Other point-getters for Huntington included Daniel DeBoni in the 60 meters (6th, 7.18), Wyatt Jones in the 400 meters (8th, 53.43*PR), Michael Bowman in the 800 meters (7th, 2:01.37*PR), Tyler Herber in the 5,000 meters (6th, 15:49.84) and Brooks Gerke in triple jump (6th, 40-5.25).
Wabash won the men’s title with 156.5 points followed by Marian (92), Cumberlands (79), Lindsey Wilson (66.5), Taylor (60), DePauw (60), Lindenwood-Belleville (45), Bellarmine (38), HU (34), St. Joseph’s (31), Centre (22), Thomas More (16), Webster (8), Indianapolis (6.5) and Brescia (4).
On the women’s side, Christine Sparks turned in the Foresters top finish by crossing the line second in the 1,000 meters. Her time of 3:02.37 not only proved to be the second fastest time in the HU record books but also qualified her for the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships next month.
Hannah Moore established a new PR in the 5,000 meters with her third-place time of 18:36.82. Other point-getters for HU included Gretchen Spahr in 3,000 meters (7th, 11:17.46) and Heather Johnson in pole vault (4th, 9-6.25).
Claiming the women’s title was Bellarmine with 90 points followed by St. Joseph’s (79.5), Taylor (78), Lincoln (77), DePauw (69), Lindsey Wilson (67), Centre (56), Cumberlands (48), Marian (46), HU (24), Lindenwood-Belleville (16), Webster (15), Emory (14), Indianapolis (12), Brescia (6), Thomas More (5.5) and IUPUI (5).
The Foresters wrap up their indoor regular season next week at Anderson University.