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Dirr headed back to NAIA Cross Country Nationals

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MARION, Ind. – Sophomore Aspen Dirr is headed to the big stage for the second straight season by way of her third place finish at the Crossroads League Championships Saturday morning at Indiana Wesleyan. The Hudson native crossed the line in 18:26.9 to not only punch her ticket to NAIA Nationals but also earn her second consecutive All-Conference honor.

Christine Sparks also claimed a spot on the All-Conference roster by finishing ninth in 18:56.9.

Marie Ditzler finished third for the Foresters to claim 49th in 20:24.9. Amanda Fielding registered a time of 21:09.5 for 57th place. Kelsey Graber clocked in next for HU in 21:15.5 to take 59th while Cassidy Johnson wasn’t far behind to claim 62nd in 21:37.9.

Huntington finished seventh among the field of ten with 177 points.

Taylor earned their fourth straight Crossroads League title with 46 points and will represent the conference at the NAIA National Championships slated for later this month. Indiana Wesleyan finished second with 68 points followed by Mount Vernon (78), Marian (127), Spring Arbor (142), Grace (167), HU (177), Goshen (207), Bethel (214) and Saint Francis (258).

The Huntington men were paced by Zach McIntyre who finished 49th in 27:38.0. Codi Wiersema crossed the line a spot later in 27:44.6 for 50th place. Nick Childs ran a 28:06.8 for 53rd.  
Kevin Moser clocked in at 28:14.3 for 56th place.

Only one runner separated Austin Wiley (28:49.5) and CJ Robertson (28:53.1) as the HU duo finished 59th and 61st respectively. Michael Bowman posted a 29:39.4 for 63rd place.

As a team, the Foresters finished ninth with 267 points. Marian ran away with the title with 46 points and will represent the conference at nationals. Taylor finished second with 78 points followed by Bethel (93), Indiana Wesleyan (108), Goshen (113), Grace (127), Mount Vernon (169), Spring Arbor (206) and HU (267).

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.