CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The HU cross country teams kicked off their season at the 51st annual Hokum Karem at Wabash College Saturday morning where the No. 18 Forester women’s squad clinched first while the men tied for second.
The race featured pairs of runners alternating one-mile loops through the Wabash campus with each women duo running a total of four miles while their male counterparts ran a total of six miles.
Pacing HU was the tandem of Cendall Ogle and Hannah Moore who finished third overall in 23: 36.80. Less than four seconds later, Gretchen Spahr and Christine Sparks teamed up to finish in 23:40.00 for the fourth spot. Rounding out Huntington’s scoring by coming in tenth in 24:34.05 was Miranda Boyts and Natalie Spahr.
Other runners for Coach King’s squad included Krista Wood and Erin Rockey (13th, 25:27.00) and Marie Ditzler and Kennedy Champion (23rd, 27:04.10).
HU finished with 16 points followed by DePauw (20), Marian (21), St. Mary’s (24) and DACC (39).
On the men’s side, Tyler Herber and Austin Presnell paired up to finish eighth in 30:54.25 while Eric Baker and Stephen Kays weren’t far behind, finishing tenth in 30:57.30. Brian Menzie teamed up with Josh Graham to take 20th in 33:24.70 to round out the Foresters scoring.
Wabash ran away from its competition with 6 points followed by HU (22), DePauw (22) and Marian (28).
Huntington is back in action Friday when they compete in the Walt Crawford Open hosted by Eastern Illinois University.