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Women claim 2nd, men take 4th at Hanover Invitational

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HANOVER, Ind. - Behind Christine Sparks’ two first place finishes, the Forester women’s track and field team claimed second at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday with 102 points.

Sparks took top honors in the 800 meters in 2:24.33 as well as the 1500 meters where she clocked in at 4:53.82. Hannah Moore was HU’s only other top finisher. She claimed first in the 5000 meters with a winning time of 18:45.39. Teammates Gretchen Pyper (18:58.50) and Rosie Ditzler (21:37.65) also earned points in the race by finishing fourth and seventh respectively.

Allison Amstutz collected two top three finishes in field events. Her toss of 38’4.25 in shot put not only landed her a second place finish, but also was good enough for the sixth best toss in the HU record books. The rookie also took third in discus with a heave of 119’9.

Krista Wood posted a 12:23.67 in the 3000 meter steeplechase good for second to go along with a fourth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (1:15.32). Paige Coolman brought home a second place finish in discus with a personal-best throw of 121’11.

Courtney Baker (13.20) paced the sprinters with a fifth place finish in the 100 meters. Nicole Pennington wasn’t far behind to claim sixth in 13.46.

Other point getters for the Foresters included  Samantha McCoy in the 400 meters (8th, 1:05.25), Natalie Spahr in the 10,000 meters (5th, 41:23.73*PR), Ditzler in the 10,0000 meters (6th, 42:07.48), Jean Donaldson in the hammer (5th, 121’5), 4x100 meter relay team (5th, 54.17) and 4x400 meter relay team (4th, 4:18.54).

Hanover won the women’s title with 131 followed by HU (102), Manchester (101), Rose-Hulman (72.5), Franklin (60), Transylvania (60), Anderson (59), Thomas More (57.5), Earlham (43), Unattached (35), Bluffton (18), Spalding (16), IU East (8.5) and Mount St. Joseph (6.5).

Jake Nash paced the Forester men’s team to a fourth place finish out of a 16-team field. He took first in triple jump with a mark of 42’10.25 in addition to earning second in high jump with a leap of 6’6. Antonio Castillo crossed the line third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.91.

Austin Presnell earned seven points for HU by taking fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase (10:22.78) and seventh in the 5000 meters (16:22.09). Wyatt Jones represented HU in sprints where he earned sixth in the 100 meters (11.56) and the 200 meters (22.92).  

Other point getters for HU included Phil Holliday in the 400 meters (5th, 52.06), Stephen Kays in the 3000 meter steeplechase (7th, 11:12.17), Nick Miller in shot put (6th, 39’7), Kai Foday in javelin (5th, 157’1), Brooks Gerke in javelin (7th, 153’8), 4x100 meter relay team (5th, 45.33) and 4x400 meter relay team (4th, 3:30.02).

Rose-Hulman ran away with the men’s title with 197 points followed by Anderson (84), Hanover (72), HU (61), Bluffton (60), Manchester (55), Unattached (49), Spalding (42), Thomas More (33), IU Run Club (27), Transylvania (27), IU East (21), Earlham (20), Franklin (11), Wabash (11) and Mount St. Joseph (9).

The Foresters have a few days off before competing in the Manchester University Invitational on Thursday.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 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.