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Nash earns second All-America honor

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University junior Jake Nash earned his second All-America honor in as many years at the 2015 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. The Lebanon native (Dayton Christian HS) tied for fifth in high jump with a mark of 2.07 meters to finish two spots ahead of his No. 7 seeding.

Three other Foresters also represented HU on the big stage. Sophomore Christine Sparks (Bloomington, Ind., Bloomington North HS) made a return trip to the SPIRE Institute where she claimed 18th in the 1,000 meters in 3:14.99.

Competing for the first time at nationals was sophomore Brooke Gerke. He scored 4,238 point in the heptathlon to finish 13th out of 16 athletes with his highest finish of sixth place coming in shot put (11.41 meters) and pole vault (4.35 meters). The Auburn native (Lakewood Park) also established a new PR of 7.45 in the 60 meters.

Sophomore Christiana Hicks (Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider HS) also made her debut on the national stage where she turned in a personal-best performance of 37-02.50 in triple jump to outleap her #20 seeding by finishing 13th. Hicks currently holds the HU indoor record in triple jump.

The Foresters now shift focus to the outdoor season where they are slated to compete at the Wake Forest University Open on March 20-21. 

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.