Huntington opens outdoor season at Wake Forest

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2012-03-17
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Huntington University track and field program opened its outdoor season this past weekend at Kentner Stadium competing against some of the nation’s best in the annual Wake Forest University Open.

Up against the likes of Duke University and the University of North Carolina, the Foresters’ top finish came in the men’s 10,000 meter run where sophomore Lance Wood finished sixth in 32:58.68. Teammate Nathan Rupp wasn’t far behind with his 14th place finish in 33:56.91.

Senior Joseph Herber clocked in at 15:08.19 in the 5,000 meter run for a seventh place finish and a new PR. Alec Rosario slid into the sixth spot on HU’s all-time top finishes in the 3,000 meter run with his 9:26.50 finish. Todd Fiedler also established a new personal best in the javelin with his toss of 172-08 to place 21st overall. With this throw he also bumped up his position to fourth in the HU record books.

For the women, it was also a record-setting weekend as several Foresters wrote their name in the HU record books. Freshman Gretchen Spahr had several great performances in her first collegiate outdoor meet. Not only did she finish 12th in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 18:29.73, but her time also proved to be the second fastest time recorded in HU history. She ran a 10:46.99 in the 3,000 meter run to place 21st overall and lock-in the fourth spot in the program’s top ten list for this event.

Racquel Service sprinted her way into the record books with her 12.65 finish in the 100 meter dash good for the third fastest time in HU’s history. She also positioned herself in the No. 5 spot of the record books by crossing the line in 25.82 in the 200 meter dash.

Miranda Boyts finished 15th in the 10,000 meter run in 43:47.52 to post the eighth fastest time in HU history while Lindsay Schroeder tied for 14th in the pole vault with her leap of 8-02.50 good for fifth in school history.

The Foresters take a two-week break before competing at Hanover College on March 31. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 187 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. 
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