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Seven Foresters earn All-Conference honors

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MARION, Ind. – Seven Foresters earned All-Conference honors at the 2016 Crossroads League Track and Field Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan on April 28-29 where the HU women claimed sixth and the men finished eighth.  

Christiana Hicks successfully defended her triple jump title. The Fort Wayne native posted a PR mark of 37-11.25 on Friday to not only win for the second consecutive year and repeat as an All-Conference honoree, but also break the school record previously held by Anita Whybark dating back to 1992.  

Earlier in the day, Hicks along with sophomore Samantha McCoy, sophomore Nicole Pennington and freshman Mariah Harter lived up to their No. 1 seeding by winning the 4x100 meter relay in 48.82 and earning All-Conference honors for their feat.

Not long after, Pennington ran a personal best 12.70 in the 100 meters to finish third and earn her second All-Conference badge. Her time moved her from eighth to sixth in the HU record books. She also earned points for her team in the 200 meters by clocking in at 26.19 for sixth place.

Jean Donaldson also boasted a pair of All-Conference accolades. The junior thrower recorded two PRs to finish third in hammer (149-02.25) and third in javelin (120-07.25) which slides her into second and third respectively in the Forester record books.

Other point getters for HU included McCoy in the 400 meters (6th, 1:00.05*PR), Aspen Dirr in the 1500 meters (6th, 4:57.69), Christine Sparks in the 1500 meters (7th, 5:00.57), Kate Capkovitz in the 400 meter hurdles (4th,  1:07.86), Krista Wood in the 3000 meter steeplechase (7th, 12:07.44), Michelle Kelsey in high jump (5th, 4-11.25), Paige Coolman in javelin (6th, 104-07.25*PR) and Brooke Saylor in javelin (8th, 104-04.00*PR). Huntington also earned points in the 4x800 meter relay (4th, 10:00.57) and the 4x400 meter relay (4th, 4:06.60).

Indiana Wesleyan won their third consecutive league title with 173.5 points followed by Taylor (151.5), Marian (121), Bethel (120.75), Grace (76), HU (74), Spring Arbor (70.25), Saint Francis (18) and Mount Vernon (11).

On the men’s side, Jake Nash earned his fourth straight All-Conference honor in high jump. The senior leapster claimed first with a mark of 6-10.50 on Thursday. Joining him as a top finisher was Kai Foday. Foday was deemed the javelin champion by registering a toss of 174-06.50 to earn his second All-Conference award in as many years.

Other point getters for the Foresters included CJ Robertson in pole vault (6th, 12-03.75) and the 4x800 meter relay team (7th, 8:21.16).

Marian successfully defended their title for the third straight year with 236 points followed by Bethel (174), Indiana Wesleyan (154), Taylor (94), Mount Vernon (47), Grace (40), Spring Arbor (33), HU (25), Goshen (16) and Saint Francis (1).

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.