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Donaldson breaks school record at Don & Riley Zimmer Classic

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ANGOLA, Ind. – The HU track and field team opened up the new year at the Don and Riley Zimmer Classic Friday night at Trine University. Highlighting the day was a new school record set by senior Jean Donaldson in weight throw.

The North Miami High School product’s toss of 14.49 meters was enough to tally her second school record and earn her a 5th place finish at the meet. Donaldson also holds the HU outdoor record in javelin (137-06.25).

Three Foresters enjoyed a top three finish for the women. Senior Christiana Hicks took 2nd in triple jump with a mark of 10.69 meters. Nicole Pennington ran a PR of 27.53 in the 200 meters to finish 3rd. The speedster also came in 9th in the 60 meters with a time of 8.15.

Aspen Dirr was the other Forester who claimed a top three finish. The Hudson native ran an 11:32.39 in the 3000 meters good for 3rd place. She also finished 4th in the mile in 5:30.53 which lands her the 7th spot in the Huntington record books.

Other top ten finishes included Samantha McCoy in the 400 meters (7th, 1:05.49), Rachael Smelser in the 800 meters (7th, 2:45.34) and Rose Ditzler in the 3000 meters (6th, 11:51.10).

Senior Jake Nash headlined the HU men with a top finish in high jump. His leap of 2.03 meters was good for a tie for first with unattached Herb Gary.

Codi Wiersema clocked in at 4:34.64 in the mile to finish 4th out of 23 runners. Running in his first collegiate meet, Avniel Barrow finished 8th in the 200 meters in 23.86 which proved to be the 10th fastest time in program history. Teammate Bradey Gerke was just one one-hundredths of a second behind crossing the line in 23.87 for 9th place.

Other top ten finishes included Kendall Adams in the 400 meters (9th, 55.36), Michael Bowman in the 800 meters (7th, 2:03.56) and Zach McIntyre in the 5000 meters (8th, 17:27.06).

Next up for the Foresters is the Dick Small Memorial Invite hosted by Defiance College on February 10.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.