Nash breaks school record in high jump with leap of 6-7

UPLAND, Ind. – Sophomore Jake Nash’s first place leap of 6-7 not only set a new school record in high jump Saturday afternoon at the Taylor University Indoor Track & Field Invitational but also landed him a spot at the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships. The Lebanon (Ohio) native also brought home a top finish in triple jump where he registered a jump of 41-11.75.

Tyler Herber turned in a 9:03.42, the eighth fastest time in program history, in the 3000 meters to finish second while teammate Austin Presnell finished fifth in 9:10.62.

A pair of freshmen also had solid performances. Michael Bowman clocked a 2:01.78 to take fifth in the 800 meters and register the eighth fastest time in Forester history. Wyatt Jones also recorded the eighth quickest time in the HU record books with his sixth place finish time of 53.96 in the 400 meters.

The 4x200 meter relay team of Daniel DeBoni, Jones, Scott Skiles and Sean Sewell ran a 1:34.14 to claim second as did the distance medley relay team of Presnell, Bowman, Eric Baker and Herber with their time of 11:19.47.

Other top ten finishes for the men included DeBoni in the 55 meters (7th, 6.67) and Brian Menzie in the 800 meters (9th, 2:08.06) and mile (8th, 4:38.30),  

On the women’s side, Christine Sparks topped the Foresters with two top five finishes. She ran a fourth-place time of 5:26.14 in the mile, nearly six seconds faster than her previous PR, to move from sixth to fourth in the HU record books. She also picked up a fifth place in the 800 meters with her time of 2:31.16.

Heather Johnson topped her previous best in the pole vault with a leap of 9-9.25 to land seventh as did Brianna Gregory in long jump. The sophomore’s jump of 15-8.75 found its way into the record books as the eighth farthest leap in program history.

The distance medley team of Hannah Moore, Kim Elser, Gretchen Spahr and Krista Wood took second with a time of 14:04.44.

Other top ten finishes for the women included Hannah Moore in the 3000 meters (5th, 11:16.34), Natalie Spahr in the 5000 meters (4th, 21:00.36) and Miranda Boyts in the 5000 meters (5th, 21:10.38).

The Foresters are back in action next weekend when they travel to Ohio Northern University.
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
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