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Donaldson and Foday qualify for nationals at Keeler Invite

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Huntington University senior Kai Foday and junior Jean Donaldson were two of a handful of Forester athletes who participated in the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational hosted by North Central College over the weekend in hopes of qualifying for the NAIA National Championships.

In addition to the twosome having record-breaking performances, they also accomplished what they set out to do by punching their ticket to nationals in javelin for their first time in their Forester careers.

Donaldson not only hit the NAIA “A” standard with her third-place toss of 131-06.50 to qualify for the big stage, she also shattered her previous PR by over ten feet and set a new school record in javelin.

The North Miami native (Peru HS) also finished eighth in hammer, establishing a new personal best with a mark of 151-06.50,  less than an inch from the current Huntington record.

Foday (Huntington, Ind., Canterbury HS) took third in javelin but more importantly hit the provisional mark with a personal-best toss of 180-06.25. His PR mark also moved from third to second in the Forester record books.

Mariah Harter took 7th in the 200 meters by clocking in at 25.90 while Nicole Pennington (12.73) and Samantha McCoy (12.74) finished 10th and 11th respectively in the 100 meters.

Other performances over the weekend included Christine Sparks in the 1500 meters (19th, 4:51.55*PR), CJ Robertson in the 400 meter hurdles (29th, 1:00.25) and the 4x100 meter relay team of Pennington, McCoy, Harter and Sparks (7th, 49.46).

The 2016 NAIA Track and Field National Championships are slated for May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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.