Women finish 2nd, men finish 12th at Wilmington

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2012-10-12
WILMINGTON, Ohio - With races like Friday, the HU women’s cross country team continues to prove themselves as one of the top teams in the nation. The 25th-ranked Foresters ran to a second place finish at the Wilmington College Fall Invitational among a field of 32 teams which included several NCAA Division II and III institutions.

Huntington’s top six runners ran a sub-twenty minute 5K with Gretchen Spahr leading the way. The HU sophomore finished in a season best 18:40 good for tenth place out of 340 runners.

Hannah Moore wasn’t far behind with a 12th place finish in 18:48, a new collegiate PR. Five seconds later Cendall Ogle crossed the line in 18:53, her fastest finish this season, to claim 14th.

Natalie Spahr (19:40) and Krista Wood (19:42) claimed 36th and 37th place respectively to round out the Foresters’ scoring. Other HU runners included Erin Rockey who ran to a 39th place finish in 19:44 while Miranda Boyts posted a time of 20:28 for 80th place.

HU’s top five runners averaged 19:08, a 39-second improvement over last year’s race on this same course.

On the men’s side, the Foresters’ top six runners posted personal bests this season. Lance Wood paced the Foresters to a 12th place finish out of 34 teams. He finished 52nd overall out of 380 runners in 26:30.

Tyler Herber was on his heels with a 26:31 finish good for 55th place. Brian Menzie and Antonio Castillo clocked in at 27:11 to finish 79th and 80th respectively while Ethan Medley posted a 27:47 for 113th.

Other HU runners included Matt Bittner (132nd, 28:08) and Josh Graham (148th, 28:31).

The Foresters are back in action on Saturday when they compete in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas College. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. 
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