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Hicks paces HU to 2nd place finish at DePauw Classic

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Behind 28 points from Christiana Hicks, the Forester women’s track team finished second  with 107 points at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday while the HU men finished sixth with 43 points.

Hicks dominated sprints with two first place performances by posting a career-tying 7.89 in the 60 meters and clocking in at 25.99 in the 200 meters. She also claimed second in triple jump with her mark of 37-03.75.

Three other Foresters scored points in sprints. Mariah Harter took second in the 200 by running a PR 26.38 which moved her from fourth to second in the HU record books. Before that, she claimed third in the 60 meters with her time of 8.12. Nicole Pennington (8.26*PR) and Samantha McCoy (8.27) also earned points for HU in the 60 meters by finishing 5th and 6th respectively. McCoy went on to run a PR of 27.47 in the 200 meters for 7th place.

Kate Capkovitz was the only other Forester to earn a first place finish by running a 1:04.10 in the 400 meters. Christine Sparks and Aspen Dirr finished second in their respective events. Sparks ran a 3:09.44 in the 1,000 meters while Dirr posted a 5:43.56 in the mile.

Krista Wood earned points in two events by finishing 4th in the mile (5:52.45) and 7th in the 800 meters (2:38.15) as did Korisa Kitts. Kitts had two PR performances to take 8th in shot put (33-09.25) and earn that same spot in weight throw (41.04.25).

Other Foresters to earn points for HU included Rachael Smelser in the 1,000 meters (4th, 3:40.18), Michelle Kelsey in high jump (6th, 4-09) and Jean Donaldson in weight throw (4th, 43-08.50). The HU 4x400 relay team finished second for eight points to round out Huntington’s scoring.

Taylor ran away with the women’s title with 205 points followed by HU (107), Lindsey Wilson (98), Indianapolis (78), DePauw (48), Centre (39), Spalding (39), IU East (37) and Brescia (4).

Jake Nash paced the Forester men by scoring 15 points. He won high jump with a leap of 6-07 and finished 4th in triple jump with a mark of 39-05.

Michael Bowman shattered his PR in the 600 meters by nearly four seconds by running a 1:25.39 good for 4th. CJ Robertson also claimed points in the 600 with an 8th place finish in 1:27.92 which lands him the 4th spot in the HU record books.

Other point getters for HU includes Chris Reed in the 200 meters (6th, 23.65*PR), Phil Holliday in the 400 meters (8th, 54.22), Matt Buckler in the 1,000 meters (6th, 3:20.53), Austin Presnell in the 3,000 meters (7th, 9:08.60) and Zach McIntyre in the 5,000 meters (7th, 16:39.18). HU also scored points in the 4x400 meter relay and distance medley relay by finishing 5th and 3rd respectively.

Lindsey Wilson won the men’s title with 141 points followed by Wabash (137), Taylor (116), Indianapolis (75), DePauw (49), HU (43), IU East (35), Southern Indiana (31), Spalding (29), Bellarmine (25) and Centre (20).

Huntington will compete again on Saturday at the Anderson University’s Fred Wilt Invitational.
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.