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Hicks headlines Trine’s Don & Riley Zimmer Classic

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ANGOLA, Ind. - HU junior Christiana Hicks headlined Trine University’s Don and Riley Zimmer Classic Friday night with three record-breaking performances. The Fort Wayne native brought home three top finishes - all of which were personal bests.

Not only did she win triple jump with a PR mark of 11.40 meters, she also met the NAIA qualifying mark to punch her ticket for the second consecutive year to the Indoor National Championships slated for March 3-5 in Johnson City, Tenn. Hicks has held the school record in triple jump since last season.

She also broke the eight-second barrier in the 60 meters, a feat no other Forester has done, by clocking in at 7.90 to not only win the race but establish a new HU record. The previous record of 8.09 was held by Racquel Service dating back to 2012.

Hicks went on to take first in the 200 meters as well. She posted a 26.32 to top her own HU record.

Christine Sparks also claimed a first place finish by winning the mile in 5:29.46. Other top seven finishes included Mariah Harter in the 60 meters (2nd, 7.99) and 200 meters (7th, 27.86), Samantha McCoy in the 60 meters (6th, 8.20), Kate Capkovitz in the 400 meters (4th, 1:05.03) and Jean Donaldson in the weight throw (6th, 13.94 meter*PR).

On the men’s side, Jake Nash was a double winner. He claimed first in high jump with a leap of 1.98 meters and also won triple jump (13.19 meters). Codi Wiersema had a solid outing in the 3,000 meters where he finished second out of 25 runners with a time of 9:32.52.

Other top seven finishes for HU included Chris Reed in the 400 meters (7th, 53.73), Michael Bowman in the 800 meters (6th, 2:05.82) and Brooks Gerke in pole vault (4th, 4.12 meters).

The Foresters are back at it on Saturday when they compete in the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.

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.