ADA, Ohio – The HU
men’s and women’s track and field teams finished fourth and fifth respectively
at Saturday’s Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.
It was another record-breaking weekend for sophomore Jake Nash. After breaking
the school record in high jump last week, Nash shattered the triple jump indoor
record by nearly a foot with his second place leap of 43-08.50. He also picked
up gold in high jump where he sprung for 6-06.25.
Tyler Herber picked up Huntington’s only other top finish for the men. He
crossed the line in 15:50.14 in the 5000 meters to not only claim 1st
but also register the sixth fastest time in program history. Daniel DeBoni
clocked a personal best of 7.13 in the 60 meter dash to finish 4th.
He also finished 8th in the 200 meters with his time of 23.35.
The 4x200 meter relay team consisting of DeBoni, Scott Skiles, Wyatt Jones and
Sewell placed 3rd in 1:33.35.
Other point-getters for the Foresters included Sean Sewell in the 200 meters (7th,
23.35), Brandon Hunt in the 500 meters (8th, 1:15.37) and Josh
Graham in the 1000 meters (11th, 2:40.19).
Ohio Northern clinched the men’s title with 198 points followed by Rose-Hulman
(139.50), Otterbein (75), HU (58), Heidelberg (54), Defiance (52), Wittenberg (46),
Capital (38), Bluffton (31) and Bowling Green (19).
Hannah Moore shaved 20 seconds off her PR in the 5000 meters to claim the women’s
only top finish. She clocked in at 19:04.24 to move up two spots into third in the
Forester record books. Alyssa Haselby also logged a personal best in the 60
meter dash where she finished 3rd in 8.33.
Christine Sparks picked up a 3rd and 4th respectively in
the mile (5:21.74) and 800 meters (2:26.51), posting personal records in both
events. The Foresters earned ten points in the 1000 meters where Erin Rockey
claimed 2nd in 3:18.16 and Gretchen Spahr took 7th in
Other point-getters for HU included Natalie Spahr in the 500 meters (4th,
1:36.82) and 5000 meters (6th, 21:12.55), Rosie Ditzler in the 500
meters (5th, 1:38.79), Heather Johnson in pole vault (5th,
9-00.25), Brianna Gregory in long jump (5th, 14-11.50), Ashely
Williams in shot put (6th, 33-03.75) and weight throw (8th,
40-08.25*PR) and Korisa Kitts in shot put (7th, 33-03.00*PR).
In relay action, the HU team of Haselby, Darion Caldwell, Shana Christian and
Gregory took third in the 4x200 in 1:52.75 while Gretchen Spahr, Moore, Krista
Wood and Rockey teamed up in the distance medley relay to finish second in 13:37.85.
Ohio Northern ran away with the title for the women with 165.50 points followed
by Otterbein (108), Wittenberg (92), Heidelberg (87), HU (82), Capital (68),
Defiance (49), Bluffton (23.50) and Rose-Hulman (23).
The Foresters have a break until February 22 when they compete at DePauw