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HU Track & Field opens up indoor season at the Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invite

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - The Forester track & field teams opened up the indoor portion of their season on Saturday at the annual non-scored Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational hosted by Wabash College.

Sophomore Christiana Hicks headlined HU’s results by picking up the Foresters’ only top finishes of the day. In addition to bringing home the gold in the 200 meters with a time of 27.63, the Fort Wayne native also took first in triple jump with a PR leap of 35-05.25.

Nicole Pennington posted a time of 29.65 in the 200 meters to finish fourth in her first collegiate meet. Korisa Kitts threw a personal best of 38-00.00 in the weight throw to finish 8th and claim the 5th best throw in HU history.   

Other top ten finishes included Christine Sparks in the 1 mile run (8th, 5:30.20) and Allison Amstutz in shot put (5th, 35-07.75).

On the men’s side, junior Jake Nash finished third in high jump but more importantly hit the provisional qualifying mark for the NAIA Indoor National Championships with his leap of 6-07.75.

Sophomore Brooks Gerke also had a memorable performance. His third-place vault of 14-05.25 broke Huntington’s indoor school record in pole vault. He also picked up tenth place in shot put with a toss of 37-06.50.

The Foresters were well represented in sprints. Wyatt Jones took fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.28. Phil Holliday and Chris Reed finished second and third respectively in the 400 meters. Holliday crossed the line in 53.97 while Reed clocked in at 54.73. Reed also earned a fourth place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 24.29.

Other top ten finishes included Jonathan VanDuyne in the 400 meters (7th, 1:00.31) and Codi Wiersema in the 5,000 meters (9th, 17:56.87)

HU will have a two-week break before competing in Trine University’s Don and Riley Zimmer Indoor Classic on January 30.

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.