HU women capture Hanover Invitational, men finish second

HANOVER, Ind. – The HU women’s track team & field team brought home six top finishes on their way to claiming the Hanover College Invitational title with 146.5 points Saturday afternoon at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

Krista Wood blew away the competition in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by crossing the line in 11:52.24, over 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

Brianna Gregory edged in front in the 100 meters to finish first in 13.19 while Christiana Hicks took top honors in the 200 meters with a winning time of 26.61. Erin Rockey enjoyed a top finish in the 1,500 meters where she ran a 5:04.14.

The relay team of Alyssa Haselby, Kim Elser, Hicks and Gregory finished first in the 4x100 meter relay in 51.86. Hicks and Gregory then teamed up with Christine Sparks and Shana Christian to run the 4x400 meter relay where they posted a winning time of 4:25.95.

Other top three finishes for Huntington included Haselby in the 200 meters (3rd, 28.77), Sparks in the 800 meters (3rd, 2:28.99), Hannah Moore in the 1500 meters (3rd, 5:04.84), Gretchen Spahr in the 5000 meters (3rd, 19:03.24), Natalie Spahr in the 10,000 meters (2nd, 41:46.30), Holly Lutton in the 100 meter hurdles (3rd, 17.20), Sarah Johnson in the 400 meter hurdles (3rd, 1:24.19) and Ashley Williams in the hammer (3rd, 34.07 meters).

Huntington won the invite by over 50 points ahead of second place Hanover (104) followed by Franklin (89), Earlham (70.5), Transylvania (43), Bellarmine (42), Manchester (39), Spalding (23), Thomas More (16), Rose Hulman (16), IU East (7) and Mount St. Joseph (7).

The Huntington men also had a strong showing on the day by tallying 111 points to claim second behind sprinter Daniel DeBoni who won the 100 meters (10.97) and 200 meters (22.39).

Jake Nash took first in triple jump with a leap of 12.91 meters. The only other top finish of the day came in the 4x100 meter relay where the team of Sean Sewell, Wyatt Jones, Scott Skiles and DeBoni crossed the line first in 43.93.

Other top three finishes included Tyler Herber in the 5,000 meters (2nd, 15:43.95), Brandon Hunt in the 400 meter hurdles (2nd, 1:03.02), Austin Presnell in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (2nd, 10:28.98) and Brooks Gerke in triple jump (3rd, 12.01 meters).

Rose Hulman claimed the men’s title with 143 points followed by HU (111), Franklin (82), Hanover (62), Spalding (57.5), Manchester (41), Thomas More (27.5), Transylvania (27), Earlham (23), Mount St. Joseph (20), IU East (16) and Bellarmine (15).

The Foresters are back in action this weekend when they host their own invitational beginning at 12:00 p.m.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 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.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director