NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Forester men’s track & field team dominated the Spartan Classic hosted by Manchester University Thursday afternoon with seven top finished while the HU women also had a strong showing that included three first place finishes.
While no team scores were kept, HU was well represented in nearly every event with Daniel DeBoni leading the charge in sprints. In addition to winning the 100 meters (11.48) and 200 meters (22.40), he also teamed up with Wyatt Jones, Sean Sewell and Scott Skiles to win the 4x100 meter relay to tally three golds.
Brooks Gerke did a little bit of everything including winning the 100 meter hurdles in 19.85 as the only entry in that race. He also leaped 3.95 meters in pole vault to tie with teammate Jacob Stone for first in addition to taking second in long jump (6.24 meters) and triple jump (12.60 meters).
Kai Foday brought home HU’s final top finish in javelin with a toss of 46.79 meters.
Logan Knox enjoyed his share of success in the throwing events where he finished 2nd in shot put (12.65 meters), hammer (43.85 meters) and javelin (41.73). Other top three finished included Sean Sewell in the 200 meters (3rd, PR of 22.69), Brian Menzie in the 800 meters (2nd, 1:58.84), Brandon Hunt in the 400 meters (2nd, 1:01.86) and Josh Graham in the 3000 meter steeplechase (3rd, 10:17.93).
Krista Wood paced the women’s team with a pair of first place finishes. She won the 1500 meters in 5:01.20 and also crossed the line first in the 5000 meters in 19:37.96. Christine Sparks posted the fastest time in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Her winning time of 11:28.58 also landed her the No. 2 spot in the Huntington record books for this event.
Hannah Moore turned in two second place finishes in the 5000 meters (19:38.01) and 3000 meter steeplechase (11:58.90). Other top three finished for the Foresters included Shana Christian in the 400 meters (2nd, 1:01.98), Gretchen Spahr in the 5000 meters (3rd, 19:45.33), Holly Lutton in the 100 meter hurdles (3rd, 17.16) and Heather Johnson in the pole vault (2nd, PR of 3.04 meters) and Javelin (3rd, 27.57 meters).
The Foresters are off until April 25-26 when they compete in the Crossroads League Championships.