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HU opens up outdoor season at Wake Forest Open

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Huntington track and field teams opened their outdoor season over spring break by competing in the Wake Forest Open. Competing against mostly NCAA Division I athletes from schools such as Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Wright State, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio), Brooks Gerke turned in the Foresters’ top performance by tying for second in pole vault with a PR mark of 13’11.50, the seventh highest leap in HU history.

Jake Nash tied his personal record in high jump with a leap of 6’6.75 to claim fifth. Other top 25 finishes included Eric Baker in the 1,500 meters (24th, 4:15.09) and Austin Presnell in the 3,000 meters (25th, 9:18.06).  

On the women’s side, Christine Sparks ran a 4:54.54 in the 1,500 meters to finish fifth. The Foresters were well represented in the 3,000 meters with Gretchen Pyper leading the HU pack with her 14th-place finish in 11:03.78 while Krista Wood (11:19.72) and Rosie Ditzler (11:28.95) finished 19th and 24th respectively.

Hannah Moore established a new PR of 18:32.10 in the 5,000 meters to not only claim 24th at the meet but move from eighth to third in the Forester record books. She shaved 18 seconds off of her previous personal best. Other top 25 finishes included Paige Coolman in discus (21st, 121’6.75) and Jean Donaldson in javelin (20th, 107’7.75).

The Foresters compete in the Hanover College Invitational this coming Saturday.

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.