CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - The 23rd-ranked HU women's cross country team lived up to their billing as they finished second only to NCAA Division I University of Indianapolis, while the men’s team took fifth at the 50th annual Hokum Karem at Wabash College Saturday morning.
The race was the season opener for both squads and featured pairs of runners alternating one-mile loops through the Wabash campus. The women ran a total of four miles while the men ran for six.
Despite a downpour courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, the Forester women ran at least 20 seconds faster at each spot compared to last year’s race. HU was paced by the freshman tandem of Krista Wood and Hannah Moore who finished 4th overall with a time of 23:24 while Cendall Ogle and Gretchen Spahr weren’t far behind, finishing 7th in 23:53. Erin Rockey and Natalie Spahr rounded out HU’s scoring by coming in ninth in 24:16.
HU finished second out of six teams with 20 points, just behind the University of Indianapolis’ 13 point performance. DePauw (24), Aurora (27), Anderson (43) and St. Mary’s (44) rounded out the rest of the field.
On the men’s side, Brian Menzie teamed up with Tyler Herber to take 12th in 30:05. The duo of Lance Wood and Josh Graham finished three spots later in 30:13 while Antonio Castillo and Josh McIntyre finished the race in 31:16 for 21st place.
Wabash claimed the men’s title with 11 points followed by the University of Indianapolis (14), DePauw (31), Aurora (37), HU (39), DACC (47) and Anderson (52).
The Foresters will head to Grace College next weekend for the GC Invitational slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.