Men take 4th, women finish 5th at Joe Banks Invite

ADA, Ohio – The HU men’s and women’s track and field teams finished fourth and fifth respectively at Saturday’s Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.

It was another record-breaking weekend for sophomore Jake Nash. After breaking the school record in high jump last week, Nash shattered the triple jump indoor record by nearly a foot with his second place leap of 43-08.50. He also picked up gold in high jump where he sprung for 6-06.25.

Tyler Herber picked up Huntington’s only other top finish for the men. He crossed the line in 15:50.14 in the 5000 meters to not only claim 1st but also register the sixth fastest time in program history. Daniel DeBoni clocked a personal best of 7.13 in the 60 meter dash to finish 4th. He also finished 8th in the 200 meters with his time of 23.35.

The 4x200 meter relay team consisting of DeBoni, Scott Skiles, Wyatt Jones and Sewell placed 3rd in 1:33.35.

Other point-getters for the Foresters included Sean Sewell in the 200 meters (7th, 23.35), Brandon Hunt in the 500 meters (8th, 1:15.37) and Josh Graham in the 1000 meters (11th, 2:40.19).

Ohio Northern clinched the men’s title with 198 points followed by Rose-Hulman (139.50), Otterbein (75), HU (58), Heidelberg (54), Defiance (52), Wittenberg (46), Capital (38), Bluffton (31) and Bowling Green (19).

Hannah Moore shaved 20 seconds off her PR in the 5000 meters to claim the women’s only top finish. She clocked in at 19:04.24 to move up two spots into third in the Forester record books. Alyssa Haselby also logged a personal best in the 60 meter dash where she finished 3rd in 8.33.

Christine Sparks picked up a 3rd and 4th respectively in the mile (5:21.74) and 800 meters (2:26.51), posting personal records in both events. The Foresters earned ten points in the 1000 meters where Erin Rockey claimed 2nd in 3:18.16 and Gretchen Spahr took 7th in 3:28.84.

Other point-getters for HU included Natalie Spahr in the 500 meters (4th, 1:36.82) and 5000 meters (6th, 21:12.55), Rosie Ditzler in the 500 meters (5th, 1:38.79), Heather Johnson in pole vault (5th, 9-00.25), Brianna Gregory in long jump (5th, 14-11.50), Ashely Williams in shot put (6th, 33-03.75) and weight throw (8th, 40-08.25*PR) and Korisa Kitts in shot put (7th, 33-03.00*PR).

In relay action, the HU team of Haselby, Darion Caldwell, Shana Christian and Gregory took third in the 4x200 in 1:52.75 while Gretchen Spahr, Moore, Krista Wood and Rockey teamed up in the distance medley relay to finish second in 13:37.85.

Ohio Northern ran away with the title for the women with 165.50 points followed by Otterbein (108), Wittenberg (92), Heidelberg (87), HU (82), Capital (68), Defiance (49), Bluffton (23.50) and Rose-Hulman (23).

The Foresters have a break until February 22 when they compete at DePauw University.

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