Forester trackmen fifth at Defiance Invite

The Huntington University men’s track and field team claimed fifth place at the Defiance College Indoor Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Sophomore Avniel Barrow was a double winner for the Foresters. Barrow established a new personal record in the 60-meter dash with his first-place finish time of :7.08. He then teamed up with CJ Robertson, Peyton Depriest and Bradey Gerke to win the 800-meter relay by clocking in at 1:32.86.

Depriest also brought home two golds. In addition to winning with the 800 relay, the rookie also sprinted to a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of :23.02, which is a new personal record and moves him from third to second in the HU record books.

Senior Brooks Gerke, competing unattached, took first in the pole vault with a mark of 15-00.25. He bettered his best by over five inches and upped the school record accordingly.

Codi Wiersema ran a 4:34.63 in the mile to finish second. Two other Foresters in Rodrigo Manzo, sixth in 4:42.25, and Adrien Gentrie, seventh in 4:44.55, also earned points for HU in that race.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Robertson, Depriest, Gentrie and Elijah Chesterman crossed the line fourth in 3:35.66.

Other point-getters for Coach Joel Childs’ crew included Adam Woods in the 60 meters, seventh in :7.32, and high jump, sixth, 6-00.00; Luke Fillers in pole vault, fourth, 12-06.25; Kody Ahrens in the 3,000-meter run, fifth in 9:50.72; Heath Atkins in the 200-meter dash, seventh in :23.82; and Zach Williams in shot put, eighth, 40-04.

Adrian College claimed the title with 116 points, followed by Albion, 111; Grace, 101; Saint Francis, 72; Huntington, 65; Alma, 57; Defiance, 48; and Olivet, 45.