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Gentie and Stoffel repeat as Runners of the Week

- Article provided by Huntington University

CROSS COUNTRY

For the second straight week, Huntington University juniors Adrien Gentie and Hannah Stoffel were named the Crossroads League Men’s and Women’s Runners of the Week respectively as announced by the national office earlier today.

Gentie was the overall champion of the IWU Twilight Invitational Friday night to lead the Foresters to the meet title out of 15 schools. The Frenchman set a new PR by clocking in at 24:39.7 for a 4:57.7 per mile pace. He was over twenty seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

On the women’s side, Stoffel was the Twilight Invitational’s overall champion. Her time of 17:19.9 not only set a new course and meet record but also proved a new HU record as well. She averaged a 5:34.7 mile and blew away her competition by finishing 40 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Next up for Huntington is the Rumble in the Fort on Friday afternoon.

MEN’S SOCCER

For the second time this season, HU junior Gabe Greenfield was named the Crossroads League Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office earlier this morning.

It marks Greenfield’s fifth career CL Defensive Player of the Week accolade.

Greenfield picked up a pair of clean sheets last week over Indiana Tech and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Both Ws were 1–0 contests. He finished with four saves on the week. The Brazilian keeper hasn’t allowed a goal in all three of his team’s wins this season.

The RV Foresters (3–1–1) host Cleary University at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

VOLLEYBALL

The Forester volleyball team ended the Music City Invitational on an upswing by sweeping Freed-Hardman, 26–24, 25–13, 25–23. The win came on the heels of a 3–0 loss, 25–18, 25–21, 25–21, to Loyola a few hours prior as HU is now 6–5 on the year.

“After a rough start to a tournament weekend, I am proud of the way this team decided to end on a high note,” said Coach Herber. “They energy each player brought to each point carried us through the entire match.”

HU made it look easy. It was their second sweep of the year and they finished with 42 kills on 103 swings for a .282 hitting percentage. Paige Eakright posted a team-best 14 kills to go along with ten digs for the game’s only double double.

Lindsay Ingenito also posted double digit kills with 12 while Brandy Michie added eight. Jennings Tacosik handed out 34 assists in addition to registering seven digs, four kills and just as many aces.

Ariene Butler, who wasn’t at Friday’s games because of classroom commitments, jumped back in the action to collect 15 digs.

The match against Loyola earlier that day was the first meeting between the two programs with the Wolf Pack coming out on top in three closely contested sets. The Foresters managed just 19 kills to Loyola’s 35. Hitting errors plagued Herber’s crew to the tune of a negative hitting percentage.

Michie finished with six kills to pace Huntington. Tacosik put down four and dished out 14 assists. Butler led HU defensively with 11 digs.

While the weekend wasn’t what Herber hoped it would be, she remains encouraged by how her team responds to hardship. “We lost sight of our foundation for a few matches, but we regained our focus. Adversity and challenges have made us stronger, and we are ready to begin conference play again.

“This team should never count themselves out of a match.”

HU hosted Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press's deadline.

The Foresters return to action on Friday, playing at Goshen at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S GOLF

The Huntington women’s golf team was back in action over the weekend at the Taylor University hosted Players Club Invitational. After posting a 352 on Friday, the Foresters turned in a 360 in round two to finish with a 712 for sixth place out of eight teams.

Betsy Schroeder (84, 82) and Alexandria Maris (82, 84) both fired a 166 to lead Sholund’s crew and share the 16th spot out of 45 golfers.

“Betsy is really close to posting the scores she is capable of and striving for,” said Coach Sholund. “After a double bogey start on the toughest hole at The Players Club she fought back to even par after seven. This shows what she is able to do and the more she puts herself in that position, I believe she will finish those rounds out in better fashion.”

 

Sholund is also excited about Maris’ play. “Alexandria had a similar start and was able to bounce back to post a solid score. She is really playing well from tee to green. When she managers her mistakes she makes a lot of pars and is able to keep big numbers off the card.”

Rachel Blauert carded a 181 (85, 96) to claim 28th. Katie Springer posted a 202 by shooting a 101 both days while Alayna Steely played just the second round where she turned in a 98.

“Rachel posted a strong score in round one and as with Betsy and Alex, got off to a rough start in round two,” said Sholund. “Rachel is a very strong player and is leading our team in effort, if she can believe in herself more on the course, better rounds are near.”

Taylor kept the title at home by firing a 603 followed by UNOH (615), Asbury ( 647), Purdue Northwest (690), Mount Vernon (700), HU (712), Holy Cross (730) and IU South Bend (766).

“This was a short turnaround for us and there are many positives to take away from this event,” said Sholund. “The team is working hard and we are learning to recover from bad holes and becoming mentally tougher which is exciting for our program.

“Now that we have a break for a couple of weeks the team will focus improving from 100 yards in and around the greens as we prepare for our next event.”

The Foresters have a few weeks off before competing in the Bill Bockwitz Classic on Sept. 30–Oct. 1.

MEN’S GOLF

The HU men’s golf team turned in a 644 (320, 324) at the Players Club Invitational hosted by Taylor University to finish 11th out of 12 teams.

Logan De Maa fired a one-over-par 73 on Saturday on the way to posting a 151 overall to pace his team with his 18th place finish out of 63 golfers.

“Logan bounced back from an uneventful first round in which he got very little out of a strong ball striking day,” noted Coach Sholund. “He has been focused on his mental game and halting negative momentum quickly. I see this taking place in his game on an almost daily basis.

“He works very hard I am excited to see that effort pay off for this team.”

David Beck carded a 163 (77, 86) while Keith Mineer finished one stroke back at 164 (81, 83). Otto Bjartmarz shot a 166 (84, 82) to round out HU’s scoring. Carter Roseboom turned in a 181 (89-92).

Of Beck, Sholund had this to say. “David led the way for us on Friday with his lowest score as a Forester. He is starting to gain confidence. When he trusts what he is working on more his scores will become more consistent.

“I am really proud of his effort and focus this year.”

Purdue Northwest won the men’s title with a (300) followed by Taylor (581), Holy Cross (587), Wheaton (604), Asbury (604), St. Xavier (607), Taylor B (613), Mount Vernon (614), Indiana Tech (615), Holy Cross B (623), HU (644) and IU South Bend (645).

“As a whole, our short games must get better if we want to move up the scoreboard,” said Sholund. “This team is close with each other and that will help our ability to focus on the right things as a program. They are bunch of great guys that love the game and want to get better, and they will.”

The Foresters next tournament is the Bill Bockwitz Classic on Sept. 23–24.