Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College athletic department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of February 24-March 2, 2003. Women’s track and field junior Melissa Bortner and men’s basketball senior Adam Hill earned the honors for their excellent efforts during the week’s competitions.
Bortner, a English education major from Huntington, Ind. (East Noble High School), served as the Forester track and field's all-around athlete as she competed in four events at the Fred Wilt Memorial Invitational at Anderson University on Friday. Bortner won the 55 hurdles by almost a complete second, posting her fastest time of the season at 8.84 seconds. It is in this event that she qualified to the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships to be held Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, in Johnson City, Tenn. In Friday's non-scored meet, Bortner also landed her longest jump of the season in the long jump, marking 16-01.75, for second place behind teammate and fellow national qualifier Erin Abbey. Bortner rounded out the day finishing third in the high jump and fourth in the 400 meters. She is also a member of the Forester volleyball team.
Hill, a business management major from Parker City, Ind. (Wapahani High School), was named the Mid-Central Conference's Co-Player of the Year with Grace's Matt Abernathy on Friday. Hill led the Foresters to two MCC Tournament victories last week, as they first defeated Goshen by 31 points on Wednesday and then routed Bethel on Saturday by 23 points to reach the MCC Tournament Championship to be held Tuesday, March 4, against Taylor. Hill scored 12 points against Goshen on Wednesday and 21 points against Bethel on Saturday. By earning the MCC Player of the Year honor, Hill keeps Huntington College streak alive for the third year in a row. Alumnus David Porter earned the prestigious honor for the Foresters during the past two years. The Foresters are currently 26-7 on the season and a win on Tuesday will give them an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament.
The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 39 All-America honors and 67 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.
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