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Seven Foresters to represent HU at Outdoor Nationals

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Seven Foresters will represent Huntington University at the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships slated for May 26-28 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

No stranger to the national stage, senior Jake Nash will be making his second consecutive trip to NAIA Outdoor Nationals in high jump. His resume also includes three appearances at the indoor championships where he has earned All-America honors twice.

The Dayton Christian product (Lebanon, Ohio) is scheduled to compete at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, May 27 as the 3rd seed in high jump. Nash qualified for nationals by hitting the NAIA A standard at the Little State Championships on April 15 with his PR lead of 7-00.25.

Junior Christiana Hicks (Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider HS) will be making her first trip to Outdoor Nationals where she will compete in a pair of events. She along with freshman Mariah Harter, sophomore Samantha McCoy and sophomore Nicole Pennington will kick-off the championships by competing in the 4x100 meter relay right after the opening ceremonies on Thursday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. (CDT).

The foursome, seeded 20th, qualified for the big dance at the Little State Championships where they set a new school record by clocking in at 48.13.

Hicks will also look to leave her mark in triple jump as the 19th seed on Friday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. The leapster punched her ticket at the Hanover College Invitational, HU’s first outdoor meet, back on April 2.    

Harter is also a double qualifier for the Foresters. In addition to running a leg of the 4x100 meter relay, the Warsaw native (Warsaw HS) will also the toe the line for the 200 meter trials as the 28th seed at 4:50 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 26. She hit the provisional qualifying mark at Little State by clocking in at 25.05 which also landed her the top spot in the HU record books.

Senior Kai Foday (Huntington, Ind., Canterbury HS) and junior Jean Donaldson (Peru, Ind., North Miami HS) will be making their debut at NAIA Nationals in javelin. Both throwers qualified at the Dr. Keeler Invitational on May 12. The 19th-seeded Donaldson will compete at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 while Foday, seeded 23rd, will compete at 5:30 p.m. on that same day.  

The National Championship will be video streamed live via Stretch Internet on Fans can watch with a paid subscription.

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.