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Foresters win four events at the Defiance Open

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DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Foresters brought home four first place finishes at the Defiance Open over the weekend at the Richard M. and Carolyn M. Small Track.

Christiana Hicks established several new personal bests in sprints. The speedster won the 200 meters in 26.70 which climbs her to the No. 2 spot in the HU record books. She tied her PR in the 60 meters with a third place time of 8.17 and claimed third in triple jump with a mark of 10.63 meters.

Shana Christian posted HU’s other first place finish on the women’s side in the 400 meters where she clocked in at 1:02.30. The Foresters dominated the 3,000 meters by grabbing three of the top four spots with Hannah Moore leading the Huntington pack. She finished second in 11:07.70 followed by Krista Wood (3rd, 11:12.53) and Gretchen Pyper (4th, 11:21.05).

Other top five finishes included Christine Sparks in the mile (4th, 5:27.95) and Allison Amstutz in the shot put (5th, 11.26 meters).

For the men, Phil Holliday ran to a first place finish in the 400 meters in a personal best 52.66 which moves him from tenth to sixth in the Forester record books. Teammate Jaden Kreft clocked in shortly after to take third in 53.92.

Kreft also had a solid outing in field events where he finished fifth in high jump (1.80 meters) and long jump (6.10 meters). He then teamed up with Holliday, Antonio Castillo and Chris Reed to win the 4x400 meter relay in 3:37.48.

In sprints, Scott Skiles took third in the 200 meters in 24.01 and Wyatt Jones claimed fourth in the 60 meters (7.32).

The Foresters hit the road again on Saturday to compete in the DePauw University Indoor Classic.

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.