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Donaldson, McCoy and Pennington earn All-Conference honors

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UPLAND, Ind. – Three Foresters earned All-Conference honors over the weekend at the 2017 Crossroads League Track & Field Championships hosted by Taylor University.

Senior Jean Donaldson topped the list by repeating as a double All-Conference honoree in hammer throw and javelin. The Peru native took 3rd in the hammer with a heave of 44.36 meters before posting a 2nd place finish in javelin with a mark of 36.50 meters.

Junior Nicole Pennington earned an All-Conference badge in the 200 meters by clocking in at 26.15 seconds. She also earned points in the 100 meters by finishing fourth in 12.80 seconds.

Classmate Samantha McCoy also clocked in at 12.80 in the 100 meters and was awarded 3rd place for a spot on the All-Conference Team.

Pennington and McCoy teamed up with Michelle Kelsey and Molly Mitchell to earn four points for HU by finishing 5th in the 4x100 meter relay (49.77) and then went on to run the 4x400 meter relay with Mitchell and Aspen Dirr to claim 6th with a time of 4:18.94.

Junior Paige Coolman placed in three field events to earn eight points for her team. Her season-best toss of 38.50 meters in discus earned her 6th place. She claimed 5th in javelin by posting a mark of 33.15 meters and then took 8th in shot put with a PR heave of 11.50 meters.

Kelsey also had a solid outing in field events for the Foresters. She tied for 5th place in high jump with a leap of 1.45 meters after which she collected 5th in triple jump with a mark of 10.11 meters.

As a team, the Huntington women claimed 6th with 53.5 points. Marian edged past IWU to claim the title with 181 points. Wesleyan finished with 176.5 points followed by Taylor (155.5), Spring Arbor (90.5), Bethel (73), HU (53.5), Grace (26), Saint Francis (22), Mount Vernon (19) and Goshen (15).

The HU men finished 9th overall. Brooks Gerke was a double point-getter for Coach Childs’ crew. He finished 5th in pole vault (4.30 meters) and tied for 8th in high jump (1.80 meters).

Avniel Barrow was the only other Forester to claim points in an individual event. He sprinted to a 6th place finish in the 100 meters by crossing the line in 11.26 seconds.

Huntington’s scoring was rounded out by two relay teams. CJ Robertson, Barrow, Bradey Gerke and Adam Woods ran to a 5th place finish in the 4x100 meter relay in 43.33 seconds. The foursome of Michael Bowman, Nick Childs, Elston Jones and Codi Wiersema teamed up in the 4x800 meter relay to clock in at 8:44.93 good for 8th place.

Marian also claimed the men’s title with 192 points followed by Bethel (163.33), IWU (127.67), Taylor (113.33), Grace (89), Mount Vernon (57.33), Goshen (31), Spring Arbor (28), HU (13.33) and Saint Francis (4).

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.