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Dirr claims 103rd at NAIA Cross Country Championships

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ELSAH, Ill. - Running on the national stage for the second time in as many years, sophomore Aspen Dirr represented the Foresters at the 2016 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championships at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah (Ill.) Saturday morning.

Dirr crossed the line in 18:48.49 (5:51.09 pace) to finish 103rd out of 334 runners. The Hudson native (Prairie Heights HS) knocked off over two minutes from last year’s time of 20:58.0 and finished almost 200 spots higher.

Dirr was one of 88 runners competing as an individual. She punched her ticket to nationals by claiming 3rd at the Crossroads League meet several weeks prior.

For the fourth time in the last five years, British Columbia brought home the team title with 90 points at the 37th annual women’s championship. Round out the top five teams included Northwestern Christian (135), Biola (166), Aquinas (180) and Oklahoma City (206). Oklahoma City’s Aminat Olowora set a new NAIA championship meet record by covering the 5K course in 16:24.28, approximately 17 seconds faster than the previous mark set in 2008 by Alissa McKaig of Indiana Tech.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.