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Hicks breaks school record in triple jump

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ADA, Ohio - Sophomore Christiana Hicks earned 15 of the Foresters’ 32 points to guide her team to a 7th place finish at the Ohio Northern University Joe Banks Invitational over the weekend.

In addition to bringing home HU’s only top finish, Hicks also established a new school record in triple jump with a first place measurement of 37-00.50. It shattered her previous personal best by nearly two feet. The Fort Wayne native also established a new PR in the 60 meters where she claimed fourth in 8.17.

Allison Amstutz also posted a new personal record in shot put where she finished fifth with a heave of 38-09.75, the second best throw in program history. Paige Coolman also earned points for HU in shot put with a PR toss of 35-02.50 good for eighth.

Other point getters for Huntington included Christine Sparks in the 1,000 meters (3rd, 3:11.64), Natalie Spahr in the 5,000 meters (6th, 20:23.81) and Shana Christian in the 400 meters (6th, 1:03.12).

Ohio Northern captured their own title with 155 points followed by Otterbein (139), Cedarville (120), Heidelberg (64), Wittenberg (40), Rose Hulman (39), HU (32), Capital (27.5), Marietta (26.5), Bluffton (20), Defiance (9) and Mount St. Joseph (3).

For the men, Huntington earned 19 points to finish 10th overall. Jake Nash collected his team’s highest finish by claiming second in high jump with a leap of 6-09.00 for eight points.  Brooks Gerke posted a fourth place finish in pole vault with a leap of 14-06.25.

Austin Presnell clocked in at 9:30.54 in the 3,000 meters for seventh. The 4x400 meter relay team of Antonio Castillo, Phil Holliday, Jaden Kreft and Chris Reed finished sixth in 3:36.09 to round out Huntington’s scoring.

The Ohio Northern men also claimed first overall with 163 points followed by Rose Hulman (131.5), Otterbein (87.5), Cedarville (79), Wittenberg (57), Bluffton (46), Heidelberg (39), Defiance (37), Capital (32), HU (19) and Wilmington (9).

The Foresters are back in action on Friday when they compete in the Defiance College Indoor 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.