Forester women first, men fourth at Manchester

The Foresters competed in the Manchester College Invitational on Saturday. The women dominated the meet winning 13 of the 19 events to capture the team title while the men finished fourth.

Bethany McGraw was the most decorated competitor for HU. She won four individual events and ran a leg in two winning relays on the day. She won both the 100 (13.07) and the 200 (27.06) meter sprints and she took first in the long jump (16-01.75) and the triple jump (33-05.75). She also anchored both the 4x100 relay that won in 51.88 and the 4x400 relay that took first in 4:08.98.

Lauren Davenport qualified to compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track National Championships in a second event by winning the 400 hurdles with a time 1:04.01. She also won the 400 meter race in 59.04 and ran the third leg of the winning 4x400 relay. Jill Roughia was a double winner in the 800 meter (2:31.01) and the 1500 meter (5:06.74). Kelsey Green placed first in both the discus (127-06) and the javelin (100-05) and Haleigh Osborne won the shot put with a toss of 40-00.75.

The Foresters won the invitational with a score of 222 followed by Manchester (212), Defiance (131) and Trine (26).

On the men's side, three Foresters, Lucas Beach, Nick Johnson and Luke Diehl, each met NAIA qualification standards to compete in the NAIA National Championships. Beach qualified by winning the shot put with a mark of 52-01.25 and he won the hammer (165-00) as well. Nick Johnson, who had previously qualified in the 5000 meter, ran the 10,000 in 31:49.00 to qualify in his second event and Luke Diehl met provisional qualifying standards with the winning time of 9:35.50 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Other winners for HU included Dan Lindbloom and Todd Fiedler. Lindbloom won both the 1500 meter (4:08.28) and the 5000 meter (15:33.85) and Fiedler was first in the long jump with a leap of 19-08.

The host Spartans won the competition with a team score of 198.50 followed by Trine (183.50), Defiance (149) and HU (146.50).



Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director