HU trackwomen edge USF to claim own invite

The Huntington University women’s track and field team edged the University of Saint Francis by a point to win the Huntington University Invitational on Saturday, April 14.

The Foresters tallied 120 points while the Cougars totaled 119 at the meet, which also featured Grace College, 74; Goshen College, 70; and Indiana Wesleyan University, 52.

Four athletes turned in first place finishes to lead Huntington to the title. Nicole Schmeltz won the 100-meter dash, posting a time of :13.08. The senior sprinter also earned runner-up honors in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at :27.21. Freshman Jessica Chojnacki took the top spot in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:32.70.

Senior Brooke Saylor captured first place in javelin, making a throw of 31.39 meters. Breanna Metz rounded out the team’s quartet of individual gold showings by leaping 1.43 meters to win high jump. The freshman also placed fourth in javelin with a toss of 21.85 meters.

Huntington got additional first-place points from its 400-meter relay team. The Foresters also got silver points from their 1,600-meter relay squad.

Other top-five finishes in solo action for Huntington were turned in by Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner, third, 100 dash, :13.35, and fifth, 200 dash, :27.91; Madison Hoover, second, long jump, 4.64 meters; Holly Holton, fifth, hammer throw, 36.61 meters; and Tayia Meadows, fifth, 100 dash, :14.10.