UPLAND, Ind. –
Sophomore Jake Nash’s first place leap of 6-7 not only set a new school record in
high jump Saturday afternoon at the Taylor University Indoor Track & Field Invitational
but also landed him a spot at the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships. The
Lebanon (Ohio) native also brought home a top finish in triple jump where he registered
a jump of 41-11.75.
Tyler Herber turned in a 9:03.42, the eighth fastest time in program history,
in the 3000 meters to finish second while teammate Austin Presnell finished
fifth in 9:10.62.
A pair of freshmen also had solid performances. Michael Bowman clocked a
2:01.78 to take fifth in the 800 meters and register the eighth fastest time in
Forester history. Wyatt Jones also recorded the eighth quickest time in the HU
record books with his sixth place finish time of 53.96 in the 400 meters.
The 4x200 meter relay team of Daniel DeBoni, Jones, Scott Skiles and Sean Sewell
ran a 1:34.14 to claim second as did the distance medley relay team of Presnell,
Bowman, Eric Baker and Herber with their time of 11:19.47.
Other top ten finishes for the men included DeBoni in the 55 meters (7th,
6.67) and Brian Menzie in the 800 meters (9th, 2:08.06) and mile (8th,
On the women’s side, Christine Sparks topped the Foresters with two top five
finishes. She ran a fourth-place time of 5:26.14 in the mile, nearly six
seconds faster than her previous PR, to move from sixth to fourth in the HU
record books. She also picked up a fifth place in the 800 meters with her time
Heather Johnson topped her previous best in the pole vault with a leap of
9-9.25 to land seventh as did Brianna Gregory in long jump. The sophomore’s jump
of 15-8.75 found its way into the record books as the eighth farthest leap in
The distance medley team of Hannah Moore, Kim Elser, Gretchen Spahr and Krista
Wood took second with a time of 14:04.44.
Other top ten finishes for the women included Hannah Moore in the 3000 meters
(5th, 11:16.34), Natalie Spahr in the 5000 meters (4th,
21:00.36) and Miranda Boyts in the 5000 meters (5th, 21:10.38).
The Foresters are back in action next weekend when they travel to Ohio Northern University.