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HU women take 2nd, men finish 6th at Fred Wilt Invite

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ANDERSON, Ind. - HU junior Christine Sparks broke the school record in the mile on Saturday afternoon at Anderson University’s Fred Wilt Memorial Invitational to guide the Forester women to a second place finish.

The Bloomington native ran a 5:18.07 to beat the previous record of 5:19.34 held by Rachel Kaser dating back to 2000. Her time was also over three seconds faster than the second place finisher on Saturday as she easily won the race.

Christiana Hicks also had a record breaking day by establishing a new PR in triple jump. Her winning mark of 11.74 meters (38’06.25) shattered her previous PR by over a foot. She then teamed up with Mariah Harter, Samantha McCoy and Nicole Pennington to win the 4x200 meter relay by clocking in at 1:45.12, three seconds ahead of the second place finishers.

Harter also claimed a second first place finish in the 200 meters where she posted a PR of 26.05. The rookie also ran an 8.06 in the 60 meters to take third. The Foresters were well represented in the 60 meters as teammates Samantha McCoy (8.15) and Nicole Pennington (8.25) also earned points for their team by finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

Michelle Kelsey’s personal-best leap of 1.47 meters (4’10) earned her fourth place accolades in high jump. Other point getters for Huntington included Kate Capkovitz in the 400 meters (5th, 1:04.45), Cassidy Johnson in the 1000 meters (6th, 3:37.72), Sparks in the 800 meters (6th, 2:29.71), McCoy in the 200 meters (6th, 27.93) and Krista Wood in the 3000 meters (6th, 11:31.21).

Two teams finished second in their respective relay. The distance medley team of Rachael Smelser, Hannah Priskorn, Johnson and Aspen Dirr ran a 14:09.80 while the 4x400 meter relay team of Kelsey, Sparks, Capkovitz and McCoy posted a time of 4:12.40 to round out HU’s scoring.   

Anderson edged past the Foresters for the title with 80 points followed by HU (79), Union (64), Centre (46), Berea (46), DePauw (44), Franklin (39), Webster (36.5), Manchester (34), Spalding (21), Bluffton (18), Hanover (18), Saint Francis (11), Earlham (5), Mount St. Joseph (4.5) and St. Catharine (4).

The Forester men took sixth out of 17 teams with 47 points. Jake Nash topped the list by claiming first in high jump with a season-best leap of 2.03 meters (6’8).

Huntington also claimed a pair of wins in relay action. The distance medley relay team of Austin Presnell, Michael Bowman, Kevin Moser and Codi Wiersema posted an 11:16.51 to beat Union College by over 18 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team of CJ Robertson, Chris Reed, Bowman and Phil Holliday topped a field of eight teams with their time of 3:31.52.

Bowman broke the two-minute barrier in the 800 meters with a PR of 1:59.79 to claim third and move from fifth to fourth in the HU record books. Other point getters for HU included Robertson in pole vault (5th, 3.65 meters), Brooks Gerke in the 60 meter hurdles (7th, 9.56) and Jonathan VanDuyne in the 1000 meters (4th, 2:56.76)

The 4x200 meter relay team of Jacob Davis, Wyatt Jones, VanDuyne and Kendall Adams finished fifth in 1:38.67 to wrap up HU’s scoring.   

Union claimed the men’s title with 70 points followed by Wabash (61.5), DePauw (60), Anderson (57), Berea (52), HU (47), Centre (28), Webster (38.5), Hanover (28), Manchester (26), Spalding (21), Bluffton (10), St. Catharine (10), Franklin (10), Mount St. Joseph (9), Earlham (4) and Saint Francis (1).

Saturday’s meet wraps up the regular season indoor portion of HU’s schedule. Three Foresters will travel to Johnson City (Tenn.) to compete in the NAIA Indoor National Championships slated for March 3-5.

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.