MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Forester cross country teams spent the weekend at the University of Minnesota where the women finished 16th out of 38 teams and the men placed 31st out of 36 teams at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational.
It was a solid race for the women. Running a 6K, a kilometer longer than the Foresters’ other races this season, Gretchen Spahr finished 36th out of 413 runners in 23:47 to pace HU. Cendall Ogle crossed the line next for Huntington in 24:42 for 1000th place and two seconds later Erin Rockey finished 103rd in 24:44.
Despite taking two spills, Krista Wood ran a 24:57 for 113th place. Rounding out HU’s scoring was Natalie Spahr who clocked a 25:01 for an 117th finish. Other finishers for Huntington included Miranda Boyts (163rd, 25:40) and Hannah Moore (181st, 25:56).
The 22nd-ranked Foresters finished five spots behind No. 13 Dordt College (Iowa) and 23 points behind 19th-ranked Concordia University (Neb.).
The men ran their typical 8K race amidst a field of 430 runners and it was Tyler Herber who took the lead for HU with a 127th place finish in 27:58.
Lance Wood was the next Forester to finish in 28:13 for 146th place. Just over 30 seconds later Josh Graham crossed the line in 28:36 for 168th. Brian Menzie turned in a 192nd place finish in 29:14 while Josh McIntyre placed 205th in 29:42.
Other Forester runners included Ethan Medley (212th, 30:08) and Antonio Castillo (221st, 30:32).
Huntington has a two-week break before heading to Ohio for the Wilmington College Fall Classic on October 12.