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HU opens up indoor season at Wabash College

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - The Forester track and field teams opened up their indoor season at Wabash College’s Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational on Saturday at Knowling Fieldhouse.

If this weekend’s outing is any indication of what’s to come, sprints will likely be the HU women’s team’s bread and butter. The Foresters swept the 200 meter dash with Christiana Hicks leading the pack. The junior sprinter broke the school record by clocking in at 26.37. She also took top honors in triple jump with a leap of 10.78 meters.

Making her collegiate debut, freshman Mariah Harter finished second behind Hicks in the 200 meters with a time of 27.15, good for 5th in the HU record books. Even more impressive was her first place finish in the 60 meter dash. The Warsaw native posted an 8.13 to not only win the race but also land the No. 2 spot in the Huntington record books.

Samantha McCoy finished third in the 200 meters in 28.15 to round out HU’s sweep. She also picked up a third in the 60 meters (8.28).

Christine Sparks brought home Huntington’s only other top finish by winning the 800 meters in 2:23 - a new PR that moved her from 9th to 3rd in the HU record books.

Other top five finishes included Nicole Pennington in the 60 meters (4th, 8.49*PR) and Jean Donaldson in the weight throw (4th, 12.76 meters*PR).

On the men’s side, Chris Reed ran a personal best 23.86 in the 200 meters to claim 5th. Reed then teamed up with CJ Robertson, Jonathan VanDuyne and Michael Bowman to finish 3rd in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:43.38.

The Foresters take a two-week break before competing in Trine University’s Don & Riley Zimmer Classic slated for January 29.

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.