WILMINGTON, Ohio - The HU women’s cross country team jumped back into the national polls last week and showed they were deserving of their No. 27 ranking Friday afternoon at the Wilmington College Fall Invitational where they finished seventh out of 34 teams.
The top six teams included two NCAA Division I, three NCAA Division II and one NCAA Division III schools as HU finished above all NAIA institutions as well as numerous other NCAA competitors.
Gretchen Spahr paced HU by finishing 17th out of 398 runners in 19:04. Thirteen seconds later Cendall Ogle crossed the line in 19:17 to claim 32nd. Hannah Moore turned in a 19:27 good for 47th. Rounding out HU’s scoring was Krista Wood (53rd, 19:34) and Natalie Spahr (65th, 19:49).
Other HU runners included Erin Rockey (67th, 19:50), Christine Sparks (99th, 20:21), Marie Ditzler (135th, 20:38), Miranda Boyts (157th, 20:58) and Kennedy Champion (338th, 23:44).
Toledo claimed the women’s title with 82 points. Rounding out the top ten included Roberts Wesleyan (94), Indianapolis (100), Findlay (169), Ball State (170), Mount Union (185), HU (214), Tiffin (231), Otterbein (232) and Centre (298).
In the men’s 8K, the Foresters ran to a 14th place finish out of 36 schools. Leading the way was Tyler Herber who finished in 26:00 to take 22nd out of 416 runners. Austin Presnell turned in a 27:01 to place 72nd while Eric Baker was on his heels to claim 74th in 27:02. Brian Menzie posted a 27:33 to finish 111th. Stephen Kays was HU’s fifth runner, crossing the line in 28:07 for 136th place.
Other Huntington runners included Seth Murphy (186th, 29:20) and Michael Bowman (206th, 31:00).
Mount Union captured the men’s title with 102 points. Other teams placing in front of HU included Indianapolis (113), Wright State (113), Roberts Wesleyan (139), Centre (200), Wooster (209), Rose Hulman (227), Cumberlands (241), Rio Grande (290), Otterbein (313), Wittenburg (377), Berea (384), Wilmington (393) and HU (415).
The Foresters are back in action on Saturday when they run in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas College.