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Men take 2nd, women finish 7th at Fred Wilt Invitational

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ANDERSON, Ind. - The Forester men’s track team scored 74 points to take second out of 18 schools at the annual Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational hosted by Anderson University on Saturday while the women finished seventh with 30 points among a field of 17 teams.

Michael Bowman enjoyed two wins to headline the men’s team. The La Fontaine native ran the first leg of the distance medley relay team that finished first in 11:43.76. Along with Jonathan VanDuyne, Codi Wiersema and Eric Baker, the foursome smoked their nearest opponent by more than a minute. Bowman then ran a 2:58.12 to win the 1,000 meters.

Austin Presnell recorded the second fastest time in HU history in the 3,000 meter steeplechase where he claimed first in 10:09.82. Jake Nash also brought home a first place finish in high jump with a leap of 2.02 meters.

Jaden Kreft scored in three events. He finished fifth in long jump with a PR mark of 6.45 meters. He also took fourth in the 400 meters in 53.23, another personal best for the rookie, and was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team along with Antonio Castillo, Chris Reed and Phil Holliday that finished third in 3:31.43.

The Forester crew of Wyatt Jones, Holliday, Scott Skiles and Chris Reed scored six points in the 4x200 meter relay by clocking in at 1:35.14 for third place.
Other point getters for Huntington included Jonathan VanDuyne in the 1,000 meters (2nd, 3:06.86), Castillo in the 800 meters (5th, 2:00.79*PR) and Jones in the 200 meters (3rd, 23.37*PR).

Wabash took first with 92 points followed by HU (74), DePauw (51), Anderson (47.5), Union (41.5), Centre (34.33), Principia (28), Indiana East (28), Lincoln Memorial (27), Webster (26.33), Spalding (25), Manchester (23), Rhodes (21), Defiance (17), Bluffton (10), Hanover (9), Brescia (6) and Saint Francis (5.33).

Christiana Hicks brought home the women’s lone top finish in triple jump where registered 10.66 meters. She also posted a new PR of 8.14 in the 60 meter prelims before finishing third in 8.15 in the finals.

HU scored eight points in the 400 meters. Shana Christian finished third in 1:01.36 while Christine Sparks crossed the line two spots later in fifth in 1:04.18.

Other point getters for Huntington included Allison Amstutz in weight throw (5th, 13.38 meters*PR) and Cassidy Johnson in the 1,000 meters (4th, 3:39.58).

Centre won the women’s title with 65 points followed by Anderson (44), Manchester (43), Principia (34), HU (30), Franklin (28), Saint Francis (23), Spalding (20), Hanover (20), Fontbonne (18), Lincoln Memorial (18), Webster (17), Indiana East (12), Rhodes (10) and Bluffton (9).

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.