7 HU track and field athletes at indoor nationals

Nick Johnson.
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Seven Huntington University track and field athletes will compete in the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championships Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7 in Johnson City, TN.

The group of seven includes former Huntington North High School track standout Nick Johnson, who earned his fourth consecutive opportunity to compete at nationals by qualifying in the 5,000-meter race. His time of 14:59.58 on Feb. 14 at the DePauw Indoor Invitational has him seeded ninth in the event.

Johnson is a senior exercise science major.

Also competing for HU are Lucas Beach, gunning for his third All-America honors in the shot put, Dan Lindbloom in the 3,000-meter run, Joseph Njeri in the 5,000, Matthias Haller in the 800-meter run, Joseph Herber in the 3,000-meter run and Bethany McGraw in the women's long jump.

Beach, a senior Bible and religion and physical education double major from Lucerne, finished fifth in the shot as a freshman in 2006 and was sixth as a sophomore to earn his all-America status. Top six finishers in each event are named All-America.

He comes into the event with the third best mark among shotputters this year.

Lindbloom, as senior exercise science major from Evergreen Park, IL, is making his third appearance in the 3000. He finished 11th at last year's national meet.

Herber, a freshman business management major from Fremont, is making his debut on the national level, having qualified at the DePauw Invite.

Njeri will join Johnson in the 5,000, and looks to improve upon last year's 28th place finish in the event. He is a senior sociology major form Nairobi, Kenya, and this is his third nationals.

Haller is a freshman biology major from Lahr, Germany, in his first trip to nationals.

McGraw, a junior exercise science major from Perrysburg, OH, is making her third appearance at nationals. She finished ninth at last year's meet.