HANOVER, Ind. - After a two-week break, the Forester cross country teams competed in Hanover College’s Division III Pre-National Invitational Saturday where the women’s squad, back to full health, finished 6th out of 18 teams while the men came in 15th out of 19 teams.
Despite a rainy day, the HU women had a great day on the Panthers’ 6K course with Gretchen Spahr leading the way. She crossed the line in 23:16 to finish 18th overall out of 228 runners.
Hannah Moore was next for the Foresters with a 25th finish in 23:30. Running within a second of each other, Cendall Ogle (23:53) and Erin Rockey (23:54) ran to a 38th and 39th place respectively. Natalie Spahr ran a 25:07 good for 82nd place while Miranda Boyts clocked in at 26:12 for 112th place.
Trinity University (TX) ran away with the women’s title with 44 points. Other teams to place ahead of HU included Lewis (73), St. Scholastica (139), DePauw (153) and Loras (168).
In the men’s 8K, Tyler Herber paced Huntington with a 12th place finish out of 230 runners in 26:22.
Eric Baker came in next for HU in 27:37 for 56th place. Finishing 70th was Austin Presnell in 27:48. Brian Menzie posted a 28:46 good for 110th while Josh Graham finished in 28:57, six spots behind Menzie. Other HU runners included Stephen Kays (120th, 29:40) and Seth Murphy (126th, 30:11).
The top five teams in the men’s race included Loras College (IA) with 66 points followed by Manchester (85), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (91), St. Vincent (167), Centre (176).
Next up for the Foresters is the Wilmington College Fall Classic slated for October 18.