GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Senior Joseph Herber and freshman Gretchen Spahr each brought home a top finish to pace the Forester track and field teams at the DePauw University Indoor Classic on Saturday.
For the men, it was a record setting day for Herber who ran to a first place finish in the 3000 meters with a winning time and personal best 8:40.06. With this time, he not only hit the qualifying mark for Nationals, but also ran the second fastest time in HU history.
Teammate Brian Menzie also earned points for the Foresters in the 3000 meter run with a seventh place finish in 9:08.12. Josh McIntyre crossed the line second in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:48.90. Logan Knox set a new PR in shot put with his toss of 44-00.50 good for eight place. He also brought home seventh place in the weight throw with a hurl of 43-00.50.
Other point-getters for HU included Lance Wood in the 5000 meter run (5th, 15:55.17), Nathan Rupp in the 5000 meter run (10th, 16:23.05), Seth Murphy in the 600 meter run (8th, 1:36.94) and Grant Fitzgerald in triple jump (6th, 39-06.50).
Claiming the men’s title was Wabash with 146 points followed by Bellarmine (102), Taylor (81), Cumberlands (72), St. Joseph’s (65), DePauw (49), HU (49), Lindsey Wilson (35), Alabama-Huntsville (30), Spalding (20), Brescia (18), Wittenberg (15), Thomas More (11), Indianapolis (8), St. Xavier (8), Lewis (8), Union (6), Lincoln (5).
On the women’s side, Spahr not only blew away the competition in the 3000 meter run but also shaved five seconds off her current HU record with a winning time of 10:46.25. Rachel Bayon also made HU history by recording the fastest time in the 60 yard dash. She crossed the line in 8.16 in the prelims and finished eighth overall by running a 8.19 in the finals.
Krystal McHenry set a new PR and finished fourth in the 3000 meters in 11:11.62. Other Foresters who earned points included Erin Rockey in the 800 meter run (8th, 2:26.78), Cendall Ogle in the 1000 meter run (3rd, 3:08.91 PR), Natalie Spahr in the 3000 meter run (7th, 11:16.53), Lindsay Schroeder in the pole vault (7th, 8-08.25) and the 4x400 meter relay team (5th, 4:28.63).
Bellarmine captured the women’s title with 178 points followed by St. Joseph’s (113), Taylor (85), DePauw (78), Cumberlands (72), Lincoln (36), HU (32), Wittenberg (27), Lindsey Wilson (13), Spalding (12), Indianapolis (10), Alabama-Huntsville (10), Thomas More (7), Brescia (5).
The Foresters are back in action on Saturday at Anderson University.