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Hicks takes 1st in triple jump at Little State

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MARION, Ind. – The Foresters competed in the 110th annual Little State Championships held at Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday where the men finished eighth and the women came in ninth.

The Little State Championship consists of Indiana schools from NAIA, NCAA Division II and Junior Colleges.

Christiana Hicks brought home the women’s only top finish of the weekend by winning triple jump. The Fort Wayne native blew away her previous PR by more than three feet with her leap of 37’2. Her new mark also bumped her up from ninth to second in the HU record books.

Jean Donaldson had a strong showing in several throwing events. She earned points for her team in javelin where she claimed fifth with a personal best toss of 110’10.50. While she didn’t place in hammer, Donaldson also had a PR performance in hammer where she posted a mark of 134’11, over 13 feet longer than her previous best to take over the No. 4 spot in Huntington’s record books.

Courtney Baker registered a PR in the 400 meters where she finished sixth in 1:00.09 which also happens to be the sixth fasted time in Forester history.

The University of Indianapolis dominated the women’s meet with 211.50 points followed by Indiana Wesleyan (168.5), Taylor (95), Bethel (86), St. Joseph’s (58), Marian (55), Vincennes (53), Grace (38), HU (20), Indiana Tech (18), Goshen (13) and IU East (2).

Jake Nash earned over a third of the HU men’s points in field events. In addition to finishing second in high jump (6’7.25), he also claimed fourth in triple jump (43’10.50) to tally 13 points. Brooks Gerke also earned points in two different events. His throw of 156’10 in javelin landed him third place and he tied for seventh in pole vault with a mark of 13’5.50.

Kai Foday took sixth in javelin with a heave of 156’3.25. Antonio Castillo rounded out the Foresters’ scoring with his eighth place finish in the 800 meters where he clocked in at 1:57.2, the ninth fastest time in the HU record books.

Indiana Wesleyan claimed the men’s title with 167 points followed by Bethel (121.5), Marian (97), Indianapolis (94), Vincennes (92.5), St. Joseph’s (87), Taylor (56), HU (31.5), Indiana Tech (29.5), Grace (25), Goshen (7) and IU East (6).

The Foresters return to action on Saturday when they host their own invitational at 12 p.m.
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.