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Five Foresters qualify for nationals at Little State

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MARION, Ind. – Five Foresters reached NAIA standards this weekend at the 111th annual Little State Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. Little State is made up of Indiana schools from NAIA, NCAA Division II and Junior Colleges.

Senior Jake Nash earned a spot at NAIA Outdoor Nationals in high jump with a PR leap of 7’0”.25. His mark was also enough to take first at the meet.

Freshman Mariah Harter also had a record-breaking performance over the weekend by running a 25.05 in the 200 meters. She was one of two HU women to bring home gold but more importantly she hit the provisional qualifying mark for nationals in addition to breaking the school record previously held by Julie LeMaster-Boroff since 1990.

Harter was also a part of the 4x100 meter relay team that qualified for the NAIA National Championships. She along with Nicole Pennington, Samantha McCoy and Christiana Hicks ran a 48.13 to not only punch their ticket to nationals but also set a new school record and finish 3rd at the meet.

Hicks was the only other Forester to bring home a 1st place finish. The Fort Wayne native won triple jump with a mark of 37’02”.25.

Jean Donaldson scored in two events with personal best performances. She finished 3rd in javelin (112’9”.25) and 6th in hammer (146’00”.50), shattering her previous PR by nearly ten feet. Christine Sparks also earned points in two events by finishing 7th in the 800 meters (2:22.46) and that same spot in the 1500 meters (4:51.57). Kate Capkovitz finished third and established a new PR in the 400 meter hurdles by clocking in at 1:06.25. 

The Indiana Tech women topped the field with 159 points followed by Indianapolis (135.5), Taylor (107), Indiana Wesleyan (86.5), Marian (63), Bethel (53), HU (52), St. Joseph’s (50), Grace (43), Vincennes (40), IU East (7), Saint Francis (4) and Goshen (1).

In addition to Nash’s top finish in high jump, other point getters for the HU men included Austin Presnell in the 3000 meter steeplechase (7th, 10:20.02), Tyler Herber in the 5000 meters (7th, 16:13.60) and Kai Foday in javelin (3rd, 178’4”.25*PR).

Indiana Tech on the men’s title with 208 points followed by Marian (104), Indiana Wesleyan (95), Bethel  (93), Indianapolis (80), Vincennes (74), St. Joseph’s (54), Taylor (53), HU (21), Grace (18), Goshen (13) and IU East (5).

Huntington is back in action on Friday to compete in the Wilmington College Invitational.  

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.