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Nash qualifies for Indoor Nationals at first meet

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ANGOLA, Ind. – The Forester track and field teams opened up their indoor season over the weekend by taking a partial roster to Trine University’s Sean Brady Conditioner.

Undoubtedly one of the NAIA’s top high jumpers, Jake Nash already secured his spot at the 2017 NAIA  Indoor Track and Field Championships with his leap of 2.09 meters which also earned him top honors at Saturday’s three-team meet.

Brooks Gerke also claimed a 1st place finish for the Foresters in pole vault with his mark of 4.27 meters. Kendall Adams took 2nd in the 400 meters by clocking in at 54.42. Zach Williams’ toss of 12.41 meters in shot put was good for 4th place.

For the Huntington women, Nicole Pennington started off the season with a bang by turning in two PRs. The junior speedster won the 60 meters in 8.14 in addition to logging the 4th fastest time in program history. She finished second in the 200 meters by clocking in at 27.69 which lands her the 10th spot in the HU history books.   

Christiana Hicks claimed HU’s only other first place finish in triple jump with her mark of 10.34 meters.

Molly Mitchell earned a spot in the Forester record books by running the 7th fastest time in the 400 meters with her time of 1:02.87, good for 3rd place over the weekend. Michelle Kelsey took 3rd in high jump with a career-tying leap of 4-10. Jean Donaldson also brought home a 3rd place finish in weight throw with a PR toss of 13.99 meters.

Other Top 10 HU men’s finishes included:
Michael Bowman – 2nd / 600 M / 1:35.08
Bradey Gerke – 7th / 200 M / 24.53
Bradey Gerke – 4th / High Jump / 1.83 m
Wyatt Jones – 9th / 200 M / 24.84
Codi Wiersema – 6th / 3000 M / 9:29.82
Ben Gammon – 6th / Shot Put / 10.79 m
Ryan Lockhart – 8th / Shot Put / 8.49 m
Adam Woods – 3rd / Long Jump / 6.01 m
Zach Williams – 10th / Weight Throw / 10.23 m

Other Top 10 HU women’s finishes included:
Rachael Smelser - 2nd / 800 M / 2:50.23
Kelsey Graber - 3rd / Mile / 6:11.68
Bianca Tisdale - 4th / Mile / 6:11.78
Aspen Dirr – 4th / 3000 M / 10:56.96
Korissa Kitts – 8th / Shot Put / 9.91 m
Riley Braun – 9th / Shot Put / 9.11 m
Michelle Kelsey – 2nd / Long Jump / 4.50 m
Korissa Kitts – 9th / Weight Throw / 11.54 m
Riley Braun – 10th / Weight Throw / 10.86 m

The Foresters are off until January 27 when they head back to Trine University for the Don & Riley Zimmer Classic.

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.