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Cross Country competes in annual Indiana Intercollegiate Little State

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Competing among a multi-divisional field of 19 Indiana schools, the Forester cross country teams ran at the annual Indiana Intercollegiate Little State hosted by Indiana State University on Friday where the women claimed 9th and the men finished 12th.

In the women’s 5K, less than 60 seconds separated HU’s top five finishers with Hannah Moore pacing her squad by clocking in at 21:14 to finish 51st out of 146 runners. Aspen Dirr crossed the line two runners later in 21:18 to finish 53rd. Krista Wood posted a 21:30 good for 59th place. Christine Sparks (21:47) and Marie Ditzler (22:12) rounded out the Foresters’ scoring by placing 67th and 74th respectively.

Other Huntington runners included Cassidy Johnson (98th, 23:52) and Rachael Smelser (107th, 24:37).

The University of Indianapolis claimed the women’s title with 42 points followed by Southern Indiana (45), Taylor (83), DePauw (116), Manchester (167), Marian (208), Trine (213), Franklin (216), HU (304), Hanover (309), Vincennes (319), Anderson (341), Indiana Tech (344), Rose-Hulman (365), IU Kokomo (393), Purdue North Central (428), Purdue Calumet (491), St. Mary-of-the-Woods (521) and IU East (570).

In the men’s 8K, senior Tyler Herber led Huntington by finishing 30th out of 150 runners in 27:51. Austin Presnell posted a 29:50 to claim 75th place. CJ Robertson was the next Forester to cross the line in 30:27 for an 84th place finish. Kevin Moser (30:37) and Zach McIntyre (30:38) ran within a second of each other to finish 87th and 88th respectively.

Other HU runners included Codi Wiersema (93rd, 31:05), Daniel Perry (95th, 31:10) and Steven Kays (32:25).

Defending champs Wabash College edged past Southern Indiana to take home the title again with 44 points followed by the Screaming Eagles (45), Indianapolis (78), Taylor (144), Rose-Hulman (172), Marian (174), DePauw (185), Indiana Tech (213), Manchester (257), Trine (297), Hanover (358), HU (364), Anderson (373), Purdue Calumet (405), Vincennes (421), Franklin (449), IU South Bend (482), IU East (551) and Earlham (566).

The Foresters have a break until homecoming when they host the E. DeWitt Baker Invitational on October 3 at 10:30 a.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.