HU's Beach, Johnson earn All-America status at indoor nationals

Lucas Beach (left) and Nick Johnson.
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Two Huntington University seniors, Lucas Beach and Nick Johnson, brought home NAIA All-America honors after finishing fourth in their respective events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships lasts week in Johnson City,TN.

Beach, a Bible and religion and physical education double major from Lucerne, earned his third indoor All-America honor in the shot put with his toss of 53-08.25. His fourth place finish was the best of his career after placing fifth in the event as a freshman and sixth as a sophomore.

Johnson, an exercise science major from Huntington, earned his first NAIA Track All-America honor in the 5,000-meter run with a personal best time of 14:47.16.

This past fall, Johnson was also a NAIA All-America in cross country.

Five other Foresters participated in the national championships.

Dan Lindbloom, a senior exercise science major from Evergreen Park, IL, posted his best finish in three national appearances in the 3,00-meter run, placing eighth overall with a time of 8:42.33.

Bethany McGraw, a junior exercise science major from Perrysburg, OH, competed for the third time in the long jump. McGraw came away with a 10th place finish with a leap of 17-08.75.

Matthias Haller, a freshman biology major from Lahr, Germany, was a first-time qualifier at the national event and ran to a 13th place finish in the 800-meter with his time of 1:57.54.

Joseph Herber, a freshman business management major from Fremont, also made his debut on the national level. He placed 17th in the 3,000 with a time of 9:06.42.

Joseph Njeri, a senior sociology major from Nairobi, Kenya, made his third appearance at the indoor championships and turned in his best finish, placing 27th in the 5,000 with his time of 15:50.56.