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Huntington races at IWU Twilight Invitational

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CROSS COUNTRY

The Forester cross country program had a strong showing Friday night at the IWU Twilight Invitational. On the men’s side, HU’s top seven runners all set new personal records on the way to winning the meet in a collective time of 2:08.43.

Adrien Gentie was the individual winner having blown away the competition by clocking in at 24:39.7, over 20 seconds fastest than the second-place finisher. His average mile time for the 8K was 4:57.7.

Haile Stutzman clocked in at 25:30.0 to claim fourth while classmate Kent Yoder was next to cross the finish line in 25:39.0. Their times are the two fastest freshman times in HU program history.

Elijah Chesterman took 21st place in 26:16.9 while Aaron Hendryx rounded out Huntington’s scoring by turning in a 26:37.6 for 26th place.

Other runners for Johnson’s crew included Luke Zeddis (38th, 27:12.3), Matthew Hyter (41st, 27:23.3), Kody Ahrens (27:57.3), Michael Cheezan (28:03.3), Justin Ayers (29:49.2) and Cody Feisel (30:57.5).

Huntington finished with 57 points to lead the way while the other top five finishes included #16 Taylor (58), #2 IWU (60), Cedarville (71) and Marian (155).

For the Forester women, Hannah Stoffel dominated the field of 177 runners by posting a 5K PR of 17:19.9 for a 5:34.7 per mile pace. Not only was her winning time a new HU record, it also proved a course and meet record. She was 40 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

Saige Norris (19:00.5) and Molly Mitchell (19:02.5) ran personal bests to finish 14th and 16th respectively. Mara McFarland also ran a PR to claim 44th in 20:05.4. Olivia Von Gunten ran a 20:34.3 to wrap up HU’s scoring with her 58th place finish.

Other runners for Huntington included Isabel Hunter (73rd, 21:15.5), Erin Manchess (88th, 21:50.9), Sydney Kallem (22:20.8), Hannah Richer (22:43.5), Emma St. Peters (23:34.3), Maleah Ruder (25:15.0) and Madison Glinz (28:41.6).

As a team, the Foresters took fifth overall out of 16 teams. Cedarville claimed the title with 52 points while the other top five finishes included No. 3 Taylor (81), Ball State (90), No. 6 IWU (96) and HU (133).

“The goal for this first meet was to establish ourselves as contenders for the NAIA National Championships in November, and to establish Hannah and Adrien as national title contenders,” said Coach Johnson. “They both ran as expected and carried out their workout plan effectively.

“The teams have accomplished their goals and did so without all the pieces together, so that makes their potential really exciting when you put the whole group in the mix.”

Coach Johnson likes the trajectory his team is on. “These young men and women have bought into the vision that we laid out for them.

“The area fantastic group of servant leaders who are truly dedicated to glorifying God through their talent and abilities. Big goals have been made for the next two years and they’re on pace to achieve all of them.”

Next up for the Foresters is PFW’s Rumble in the Fort on Friday at 3 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER

For the second straight contest, the RV Huntington men’s team collected a clean sheet with the University of Michigan-Dearborn its latest victim as they handed the Wolverines a 1–0 loss Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School.

The Foresters have squared off with the Wolverines twice, the first last fall, and come out on top both times.

While just one goal separated the two teams by game’s end, the Foresters held the upper hand throughout. HU was on the attack as evidenced by generating 18 shots while at the other end of the pitch, HU limited their hosts to just one shot on goal.

Caleb Sexton scored what proved the game-winner for the second straight game. Just like Wednesday’s goal, Sexton scored on a restart. This time around, it came in the 28th minute when he blasted a shot up and over the wall into the upper 90.

All three of HU’s wins have been sweeps with Gabe Greenfield claiming all three in frame.

“The boys had another strong outing—especially in the first half,” said Coach Lawson. “I thought we possessed and pressed Michigan-Dearborn which generated multiple opportunities for us. Our middle three did a fantastic job moving the ball and controlling tempo which allowed us to be creative in our attack.

“While they got on the ball a little more in the second half, our defense was organized. We kept our shape for another clean sheet.”

Huntington returns to King Stadium Wednesday to host Cleary University at 5 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

In the first of a pair of road games against WHAC schools this weekend, the HU women’s soccer team was stung 5–0 by #RV Aquinas College (3–1) Friday night.

The Foresters (3–2) held off the Saints through the opening 20 minutes before the wheels came off. The hosts scored three times within five minutes to blow open an unsurmountable lead that HU couldn’t recover from. AC would carry that advantage into intermission before piling on two more goals in the latter part of the contest to make for the lopsided score.

Aquinas has shutout three of their four opponents so far this year.

The meeting was the fifth between these two programs since 2013 with the Saints holding a 3–2 tilt in the win column.

HU finished with four shots on the evening. Maddy Moan collected eight saves in the losing effort.

“We played a quality first twenty minutes, but then we made a costly mistake that led to a goal,” said Coach Lewis. “We faded from there.

“Aquinas has a strong team and they made some great shots – they were definitely the better team tonight. We will regroup and be ready to go again tomorrow.”

Then, facing their second WHAC opponent in as many days, the Forester women’s soccer team struck late to knot things up at 1–1 but the deadlock was short-lived as Cornerstone University freshman Anna Morgan, ripped a shot into the top left corner with five minutes remaining for the 2–1 win.

With this W, the Golden Eagles remain undefeated on the year at 4–0 while Huntington drops to 3–3.

Morgan’s game-winner was her second goal of the match with her first coming just three minutes in. Cornerstone rested on her laurels until the 81st minute when Kirstin Byrd ran down a long through ball from Courtney McKown and calmly slotted the keeper for the equalizer and what proved her first collegiate goal.

It was a battle from start to finish with a handful of chances in between. The Golden Eagles enjoyed a 10–6 shooting advantage but only a 4–3 tilt in shots on frame. Cornerstone topped HU in corner kicks 6–1.

With two saves and two goals given up, Huntington keeper Maddy Moan was charged with the loss.

While it wasn’t the outcome Coach Lewis was hoping for, he’s pleased with his team’s progress. “Today’s match was a step forward. We are seeing good progress with the direction of our game.

“Cornerstone is a quality team and we were right in the game with them. Kirstin’s goal was a quality finish. Overall, this was a great team effort.”

HU continues the non-conference portion of their schedule with a home match against Lourdes on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

On opening day of the Music City Invitational hosted by Fisk University, the HU volleyball team took two on the chin with losses to Georgetown, 25–9, 25–10, 25–14, and RV Milligan, 21–25, 14–25, 25–20, 25–13, 15–5, to drop to 5–4 on the year.

Against Georgetown, HU never got much going to suffer their worst loss of the year. They finished with just 11 kills for the match and an uncharacteristic negative hitting percentage as the Tigers had their way on the afternoon to make quick work of the Foresters.

Herber and crew had a few hours to regroup and the break served them well as they came out blazing against Milligan to win a close first set and then tally an impressive 11-point win in set No. 2. Unfortunately, it was all Buffs after that as they slipped past HU in the third set and then bulldozed their way through the next two sets for the five-set win. It was Milligan’s fifth win of the season against just two losses.

“Our goal in the second match was to communicate before, during and after every play,” said Coach Herber. “We did exactly that in the first two sets. However, once we eased up in our communication, we loosened our grip on controlling the match.”

Paige Eakright topped the Foresters with 13 kills. Brea Metz added 11 kills on 17 swings for an impressive .529 hitting percentage. Brandy Michie posted eight kills while Jennings Tacosik collected seven and finished with a double-double of 41 assists and a team-best 17 digs.

“The only way we can chalk up today as a failure is if we don’t allow it to make us better,” said Herber. “I still believe in this team and what they are capable of this season with everything in me. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities.”

MEN’S TENNIS

The Forester men’s tennis team spent their Saturday at Klopfenstein Courts where they swept Saint Francis 7–0 before losing a nail-bitter to Indiana Tech 4–3. With this split, HU moves to 2–4 on the year, 2–2 in league play.

Against the Cougars (0–5, 0–4) in the morning, Eckert’s crew made quick work of their visitors, especially in singles action where they won in straight sets and only gave up 15 total games. HU was the third team to blank USF this season.

This afternoon HU stepped back on the courts to host Tech and unlike the morning, the matches were drawn out as nearly every spot was a battle to the bitter end. When all was said and done, the Foresters won the point in doubles but the Warriors (3–0) got the nod in singles action to slip past HU.

HU is back in action on Tuesday when they host Mount Vernon on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

SAINT FRANCIS RESULTS

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Rodrigo Manzo/Mateo Ameller (HU) def. Jay Stanchin/Tannon Dishman (USF) 6–3

No. 2 — Illia Turaba/Diego Tapia (HU) def Tyler Chrislieb/Tony Tomeh (USF) 6–2

No. 3 — Andrew Yoder/Niko Rongos (HU) def. Luke Wogoman/Steve Mullaney (USF) 7–6 (7–4)

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Turaba (HU) def. Dishman (USF) 6–0, 6–3

No. 2 — Manzo (HU) def. Stanchin (USF) 6–1, 6–3

No. 3 — Ameller (HU) def. Austin Schofield (USF) 6–0, 6–0

No. 4 — Diego (HU) def. Chrislieb (USF) 6–1, 6–2

No. 5 — Brody Worl (HU) def. Reggie Garrett (USF) 6–0, 6–2

No. 6 — Ethan Hyde (HU) def. Mullaney (USF) 6–1, 6–2

INDIANA TECH RESULTS

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Rodrigo Manzo/Mateo Ameller (HU) def. Tiego Neves/Juan Avellaneda (IT) 6–2

No. 2 — Illia Turaba/Sebastian Salas (HU) def Alvaro Gomez/Alvaro Garrido (IT) 6–4

No. 3 — Brunno Storani/Jafer Infante (IT) def. Diego Tapia/Niko Rongos (HU) 6–1

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Turaba (HU) def. Avellaneda (IT) 2–6, 6–3, 7–5

No. 2 — Storani (IT) def. Manzo (HU) 6–1, 6–4

No. 3 — Ameller (HU) def. Neves (IT) 7–6 (7–4), 2–0 Retired

No. 4 — Raybin Chan (IT) def. Tapia (HU) 6–3, 6–2

No. 5 — Garrido (IT) def. Salas (HU) 7–5, 6–4

No. 6 — Andres Leal (IT) def. Brody Worl (HU) 6–4, 6–4

WOMEN’S TENNIS

It was a pair of extremes for the HU women’s tennis team Saturday at Klopfenstein Courts. After sweeping Saint Francis in the morning, Huntington was blanked by Indiana Tech for the split.

Against USF, the Foresters enjoyed their first sweep of the season to even up their league record at 2–2. For the Cougars, who are still looking for their first win of the year, it was the fourth time they haven’t scored in a match.

The matchup with Indiana Tech (2–0) several hours later was a different story. While HU didn’t get in the win column, four of the six singles matches stretched to three sets but unfortunately didn’t favor the hosts in an afternoon of quality tennis.

HU (3–3) is back at it on Tuesday when they host Mount Vernon at 4 p.m.

SAINT FRANCIS RECAP

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Meg Dolde/Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Taylor Stanchlin/Jessica Henline (USF) 6–2

No. 2 — Charlotte Solli/Lanae Singleton (HU) def. Sarah Liter/Regina Faber (USF) score unavailable

No. 3 — Makenzie Logan/Molly Burton (HU) def. Christina King/Maddy DeBoo (USF) 6–3

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Dolde (HU) def. Stanchin (USF) 6–2, 6–1

No. 2 — Solli (HU) def. Henline (USF) 7–5, 6–2

No. 3 — Singleton (HU) def. Faber (USF) 6–1, 6–0

No. 4 — Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Liter (USF) 6–0, 6–1

No. 5 — Lisa Colling (HU) def. DeRoo (USF) score unavailable

No. 6 — Logan (HU) def. King (USF) 6–4, 6–4

INDIANA TECH RECAP

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Meg Dolde/Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Vero Jimenez/Dominique Michelet (IT) 6–4

No. 2 — Abigail Simms/Carolina Fabbri (IT) def. Charlotte Solli/Lanae Singleton (HU) 7–5

No. 3 — Martina Borges/Elena Tokic (IT) def. Lisa Colling/Molly Burton (HU) 6–3

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Simms (IT) def. Dolde (HU) 7–6 (7–3), 1–6, 6–4

No. 2 — Jimenez (IT) def. Solli (HU) 6–5, 7–5

No. 3 — Borges (IT) def. Singleton (HU) 7–6 (7–4), 3–6, 6–4

No. 4 — Michelet (IT) def. Fitzpatrick (HU) 6–7 (7–5), 6–2, 6–4

No. 5 — Fabbri (IT) def. Colling (HU) 7–6, 7–5, 7–6

No. 6 — Tokic (IT) def. Burton (HU) 6–4, 6–4