Spahr punches her ticket to NAIA Indoor Nationals

HU men 3rd, women 4th at DePauw Classic
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Sophomore Gretchen Spahr shattered the HU record in the 5,000 meter run by over 25 seconds Saturday afternoon at the DePauw Indoor Classic. Her second place time of 18:10.46 not only broke Natalie Guenin’s record of 18:35.08 set back in 2003; but the Huntington native also punched her ticket to the NAIA Indoor Championships with her stellar performance.

It was a solid day for several other Foresters as well. Erin Rockey earned 12 points individually for HU by finishing second in the 1,000 meter run in 3:30.21. She also ran a 5:43.29 in the mile good for fifth place.

Four Foresters brought home third place finishes. Shana Christian established a new PR in the 400 meter dash in 1:02.21 with her third place finish. Elizabeth Ellis crossed the line third in the 600 meter run with her time of 2:06.30. Hannah Moore finished in 19:36.35 in the 5,000 meter run and Heather Johnson’s PR leap of 9-06.00 in the pole vault landed her the third best vault of the day.

Other point-getters for Huntington included Brianna Gregory in the 200 meter dash (7th, 28.35), Kim Elser in the 400 meter dash (6th, 1:10.50), Krista Wood in the mile (4th, 5:32.46), Natalie Spahr in the 3,000 meter run (5th, 11:11.05*PR), Hannah Moore in the 5,000 meter run (3rd, 19:36.35), Lindsay Schroeder in pole vault (4th, 9-06.0*PR), Darion Caldwell in long jump (8th, 13-09.50), Ashley Williams in shot put (4th, 33-02.75*PR) and weight throw (6th, 35-10.25).

The HU women finished fourth out of 12 in the team standings with 96 points. Bellarmine capture the title with 166.5 points followed by DePauw (130.5), Taylor (112), HU (96), Lindsey Wilson (35), Cumberlands (28), Emory (22), DePauw Alumni (10), Union (10), Saint Francis (7), Brescia (5) and Maryville (3).

For the men, two Foresters claimed first in their respective event. Matt Bittner topped the 600 meter run in a new PR of 1:31.31 and Antonio Castillo turned in the day’s top finish in the 1,000 meter run in 2:42.64.

Lance Wood established a new personal best in the 5,000 meter run with his second place finish time of 15:54.57. Daniel DeBoni brought home HU’s only other second place finish in the 60 meter dash. He ran a 7.19, tying his PR.

Other top eight finishes for Huntington included Scott Skiles in the 400 meter dash (5th, 53.18), Jacob Reents in the 400 meter dash (7th, 55.17), Nathan Rupp in the 5,000 meter run (4th, 16:22.34), Levy Francois in the 60 meter hurdles (5th, 9.01), Jacob Stone in pole vault (6th, 12-09.50*PR), Logan Knox in weight throw (4th, 47-05.25*PR), Lukas Knox in weight throw (7th, 45-01.50).

Huntington claimed third place in the team standings with 80 points. Taylor brought home the title with 166 points followed by Cumberlands (116), HU (80), Bellarmine (71), Lindsey Wilson (67), DePauw (64), Brescia (29), Saint Francis (25), Maryville (12), Emory (4), Kentucky Wesleyan (3) and Union (2).

The Foresters are back in action this coming weekend when they compete at Anderson University on Saturday. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 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