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Five tracksters earn All-Conference honors at CL Championships

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GOSHEN, Ind. - Sophomore Christiana Hicks brought home Huntington’s only top finish at the Crossroads League Track & Field Championships where the Forester women claimed sixth overall and the men finished seventh.

Hicks won triple jump with a mark of 35’2.50 to claim All-Conference honors. She was one of three other Foresters on the women’s side to earn All-Conference accolades. Junior Krista Wood tallied her second consecutive All-Conference badge in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by crossing the line third in 11:56.75.

Rookie Allison Amstutz finished third in shot put with a toss of 40’2.75 to register her first All-Conference award.

The Foresters claimed two spots in the 5,000 meters with Hannah Moore finishing sixth (19:10.51) and Gretchen Pyper coming in shortly after for seventh (19:12.58).  

Other point getters for HU included Jean Donaldson in javelin (4th, 112’3.50), Courtney Baker in the 400 meters (6th, 1:00.90), Paige Coolman in discus (5th, 127’1.75) and Korisa Kitts in hammer (8th, 124’9). Huntington also earned points in the 4x100 meter relay (6th, 50.32), 4x400 meter relay (6th, 4:20.27) and 4x800 meter relay (7th, 10:30.88).

Indiana Wesleyan won their second consecutive title with 218 points followed by Bethel (170), Taylor (128), Marian (115), Grace (65), HU (48), Spring Arbor (37), Goshen (31) and Saint Francis (4).

Junior Jake Nash paced the HU men with a pair of All-Conference finishes. The leapster earned his third all-league honor in high jump by finishing second with a mark of 6’6. He also took third in triple jump (42’8.25) for his second consecutive all-conference award in triple jump.

Also named an all-conference honoree was junior Kai Foday. Foday finished third in javelin with a toss of 155’11.50.

Other point getters for Huntington included Antonio Castillo in the 800 meters (4th, 2:00.00) and Brooks Gerke in pole vault (4th, 13’5.25). The 4x100 meter relay team (44.72) and 4x400 meter relay team (3:30.69) came in sixth and seventh respectively to constitute HU’s other five points.

Marian defended their league title by edging past Indiana Wesleyan. The Knights finished with 189.5 points followed by IWU (183), Bethel (168), Taylor (104), Grace (48.5), Spring Arbor (48), HU (35), Mount Vernon (20), Goshen (15) and Saint Francis (7). 

The Forester will take a partial squad to North Central College on May 7-8 for the Dr. Keeler Invitational.

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.