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Six Foresters claim first at HU Invitational

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Six Foresters collected first place finishes at the HU track and field invitational on Saturday where the women claimed third and the men finished fourth. 

Jake Nash earned two golds to pace the men’s team. He established a new PR in high jump with a leap of 6’9.25 to not only blow away the competition on Saturday but also establish himself as the best high jumper in school history. Prior to the weekend, the Lebannon (Ohio) native shared the program record with three other Huntington athletes.

Nash also enjoyed a top finish in triple jump with his mark of 42’4.75.

Brooks Gerke’s vault of 13’11.50 earned him a first place finish in pole vault. Kai Foday also claimed first in a field event with a PR heave of 162’10.75 in javelin.

Austin Presnell took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by clocking in at 10:32.19. Wyatt Jones earned points for his team in sprints by finishing third in the 100 meters (11.25) and fourth in the 200 meters (22.62).

Other individual point getters for HU included Phil Holliday in the 400 meters (8th, 51.41), Antonio Castillo in the 800 meters (3rd, 1:58.61), Cody Wiersema in the 1500 meters (6th, 4:11.76), Eric Baker in the 1500 meters (8th, 4:12.57) and 3,000 meters (8th, 9:25.28), Chris Reed in the 400 meter hurdles (5th, 1:00.00), Jonathan VanDuyne in the 400 meter hurdles (7th, 1:05.28), Stephen Kays in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (6th, 10:59.10), Jaden Kreft in long jump (5th, 20’5.50) and Nick Miller in shot put (4th, 40’10).   

Indiana Wesleyan claimed the men’s title with 146.33 points followed by Grace (145.83), Spring Arbor (129), HU (102.50), Anderson (72), Manchester (69), Goshen (34) and Saint Francis (21.33).

On the women’s side, Hannah Moore ran to a first place finish in the 3,000 meters as one of three Foresters to earn points in the race. She posted a winning time of 10:51.52 while teammates Gretchen Pyper (11:03.68) and Natalie Spahr (12:08.71) finished 3rd and 7th respectively.

Krista Wood and Allison Amstutz were the other two Foresters to claim top finishes. Wood won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:52.63 while Amstutz’s toss of 40’2 was more than enough to win shot put.

Courtney Baker broke the minute barrier in the 400 meters by clocking in at 59.08, good for second and a new personal best. Christiana Hicks earned points for her team in several individual events including the 200 meters (5th, 26.57) and triple jump (5th, 34’2.25).

Jean Donaldson established a new PR in javelin with a third-place toss of 111’7. Samantha McCoy finished 5th in the 100 meters (13.16) and 7th in the 200 meters (26.71).

Other individual point getters for Huntington included Nicole Pennington in the 100 meters (7th, 13.36), Krista Wood in the 800 meters (11th, 2:26.01), Paige Coolman in discus (4th, 127’11.25*PR) and Korisa Kitts in hammer (7th, 125’1*PR).

Indiana Wesleyan also won the women’s title with 244 points followed by Manchester (116), HU (93), Grace (91), Spring Arbor (62), Goshen (45), Anderson (36) and Saint Francis (20).

Next up for the Foresters is the Crossroads League Championships at Goshen College on April 24-25.

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.