Crawfordsville, Ind. - Running for the first time this season, the HU men's and women's cross country teams finished third and fourth respectively at the 49th Hokum Karem, a relay race which features pairs of runners alternating one-mile loops, at Wabash College on Saturday.
For the men, senior Joseph Herber paired up with rookie Brian Menzie to cross the line fifth in the six-mile relay with a time of 29:55. Senior Alec Rosario teamed up with junior Lance Wood to claim tenth place in 30:17.
Junior Isaiah Laatsch ran with freshman Patrick Njugana and finished in 32:03 to take the 29th spot. HU also grabbed 33rd place with the tandem of junior Nathan Rupp and sophomore Josh McIntyre. Junior Ethan Medley and sophomore Seth Murphy combined to finish 45th as a team while juniors Matt Bittner and Alan Huffman ran together to finish 50th.
Wabash College took first place honors with six points, followed by the University of Indianapolis (21), HU (30), Anderson (33), DePauw (37) and Rose-Hulman (44).
On the women's side, the duo of senior Krystal McHenry and freshman Gretchen Spahr were the first Foresters to finish the four-mile relay in 24:28 which was good for eighth place. The sophomore combination of Miranda Boyts and Cendall Ogle ran to a 15th place finish in 25:18 and freshman Natalie Spahr and Amanda Henningfield crossed the line in 26:11 to place 20th.
Taking top honors for the women was DePauw with 9 points, followed by the University of Indianapolis (16), St. Mary's (29), HU (32), Anderson (42) and Rhit (43).
The Foresters are back in action on Saturday when they run in the Grace College Invitational at 10:00 a.m.