Spahr claims MCC 5,000 meter title, sets new HU record

UPLAND, Ind. - The Forester track and field teams competed in the 2012 Mid-Central College Conference Championships at Taylor University’s George Glass Track & Field Complex over the weekend where the women finished seventh and the men came in eighth.

Gretchen Spahr was the lone Forester to bring home a top finish. Spahr was deemed the individual champion in the 5,000 meter run with a winning time of 18:16.32 and for her efforts earned All-Conference accolades. Not only did the Huntington native shave nearly ten seconds off her PR, but she also established a new HU record in this race by breaking Julie Lowes’ time of 18:24.75 set in 2001.

Racquel Service established herself as one of the league’s top sprinters by finishing second in the 100 meter dash (12.48) and third in the 200 meter dash (26.15) to claim All-Conference status.

Also earning All-Conference honors with a third place finish was Heather Johnson in pole vault with a PR leap of 10-00 and Kelsey Green in discus with a toss of 128-08. Johnson also scored a point in javelin with her eighth place throw of 94-11.

Krystal McHenry turned in two personal bests over the weekend. McHenry ran a 41:13.12 in the 10,000 meter run to not only cross the line seventh, but also turn in the fifth fastest time in school history. Her time of 19:06.63 in the 5,000 meter run was also a PR and bumped her up one spot to eighth in the Forester record books.

Rachel Bayon rounded out HU’s individual scoring with an eighth place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13:15.

Indiana Wesleyan captured the conference title with 195 points followed by Bethel (170), Taylor (152), Spring Arbor (107), Marian (77), Grace (51.50), HU (49.50), Saint Francis (8.50) and Goshen (8.50).

On the men’s side, Todd Fielder earned points in two individual events by placing fourth in triple jump with a leap of 42-08.00 and seventh in the 100 meter dash in 11.57.

The Foresters were well represented in the 10,000 meter run with Nathan Rupp finishing sixth in 33:22.32 which is the ninth fastest time in HU history. Teammate Lance Wood came in next in 33:43.72.

Antonio Castillo ran a 1:58.08 in the 800 meter run to finish sixth. Other point-getters for Huntington included Alec Rosario in the steeplechase (7th, 10:09.72), Caleb Kennedy in javelin (7th, 154-02) and Logan Knox in shot put (8th, 42-10.75).

Indiana Wesleyan ran away with the men’s title with 225 points followed by Spring Arbor (156), Bethel (140), Taylor (127), Marian (55), Grace (53), Goshen (32), HU (26) and Saint Francis (4).

The Foresters are back at Taylor next weekend for the Trojan Invitational. 
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. 


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director