MARION, Ind. - The track and field outdoor season is officially underway for the Foresters as they braved the elements at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Polar Bear Invitational Saturday at Wildcat field.
Up against athletes representing the NAIA and all three NCAA levels, Huntington collected three top finishes on the day.
Freshman Daniel DeBoni was the lone male Forester to earn a first place finish by winning the 200 meter dash in 22.45, the sixth fastest time in HU history. He also sprinted his way to silver in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.20.
After spending the last few months in a Forester basketball jersey, Jake Nash wasted no time transitioning to track. The freshman’s leap of 6-4 earned him second place in high jump and the 4th spot in the HU record books.
HU’s other top five finishes included Jacob Stone in pole vault (5th, 12-05.50) and Scott Skiles in the 400 meter dash (5th, 52.48).
For the women, Heather Johnson paced Huntington with a strong showing in the field events. The California native captured the javelin title with her heave of 102-11.75 and finished second in pole vault with a leap of 9-03.75.
Cendall Ogle was HU’s other top finisher. She crossed the line first in the 1,500 meter run with a winning time of 4:51.79 which proved to be the ninth fastest time in program history.
With only NCAA Division I athletes finishing in front of her, Brianna Gregory finished third in the 100 meter dash in 13.35.
Other top five finishes for the Foresters included Shana Christian in the 400 meter dash (5th, 1:02.52) and Miranda Boyts in the 10,000 meter run (4th, 41:45.94*PR).
Huntington has a two-week break before hosting its own invitational on April 6.