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Nash and Hicks earn All-America honors

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – For the third time in as many years, senior Jake Nash proved himself one of the best high jumpers in the nation as evidenced by his fifth place finish at the 52nd annual NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

Nash’s leap of 6’9.50” earned him his third indoor All-America honor Friday afternoon at the David E. Walker Track. The Lebanon (Ohio) native also boasts an outdoor All-America honor in addition to holding the HU indoor and outdoor record in high jump.

Senior Christiana Hicks also claimed an All-America honor Saturday morning, the second of her indoor career. The Fort Wayne native entered triple jump as the 20th seed and out-leaped her seeding to claim sixth with a mark of 38’3.50.”

Like Nash, Hicks is Huntington’s best at her trade. She holds the Huntington indoor and outdoor record in triple jump.

Brooks Gerke was the other Forester to make the trip to Johnson City (Tenn.) and lived up to his seeding in the heptathlon by finishing 14th overall. Over his two days of competing, the Auburn native earned 4,063 points in seven events.

Paving the way for Gerke was a pair of seventh place finishes in long jump (20’9.75”) and pole vault (13’1.50”). He took eighth in shot put (35’3.25”). His other finishes included 13th in the 60 meters (7.52), 15th in high jump (5’6”), 16th in the 60 meter hurdles (9.66) and 16th in the 1,000 meters (3:28.35).

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.