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Hicks earns All-America honor in triple jump

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Huntington University junior Christiana Hicks became the 11th Forester women’s track athlete to earn All-America honors at the 2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships on Saturday. The Fort Wayne native out-jumped her No. 12 seeding to finish 8th in triple jump with a mark of 11.49 meters.

For Hicks it was her second trip to indoor nationals having finished 13th last year. She currently holds the HU indoor record in triple jump (38’6.25).

Two other Foresters also out-performed their seeding over the weekend at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field. Senior Jake Nash, seeded 20th and making his third consecutive trip to indoor nationals, finished 12th in high jump with a leap of 6’7. Nash is a two-time All-America honoree in high jump.

Junior Christine Sparks ran a 3:03.15 in the 1,000 meters to claim 12th, three spots higher than her seeding. This weekend’s performance also marked her third trip to the big stage which included an 18th place finish last year.

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.