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Four Foresters headed to indoor nationals

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The official qualifiers for the 2015 NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships have been announced by the national office and among the list of qualifiers are four Foresters.

Looking to build on his success last season, junior Jake Nash (Lebanon, Ohio, Dayton Christian) will make a return trip to indoor nationals where he is seeded seventh in high jump. Nash earned his spot at nationals with a mark of 2.09 meters at the Don and Riley Zimmer Classic hosted by Trine University on January 30. Last year the leapster finished sixth to earn All-America honors.

Making his first trip to the national stage is sophomore Brooks Gerke. The Auburn native (Lakewood Park) will be competing in the heptathlon as the 16th-seed having qualified at the Findlay Indoor Classic back on January 23.

Sophomore Christine Sparks is heading back to indoor nationals for the second time in as many years in the 1,000 meters. She punched her ticket at the DePauw Indoor Classic on February 21 where she posted a 3:03.83. Last year the Bloomington North High School product (Bloomington, Ind.) clocked in at 3:03.12 at nationals to finish 13th.

Rounding out the crew of Foresters heading to nationals is Christiana Hicks (Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider). She will represent HU in triple jump. The sophomore qualified on February 7 at Ohio Northern’s Joe Banks Invitational with a mark of 11.29 meters. She will enter the event seeded 20th.

The 50th annual men's and 35th annual women's events will take place March 5-7 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all sessions of the national championships. Packages can be purchased for $10. For more information, click here.

For the schedule of events, click here.
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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.