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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The 2016 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships field has been announced and among the list of 88 individuals invited to participate is Huntington University sophomore Aspen Dirr.

For Dirr, it’s her second trip to the national stage. Just like last year she punched her ticket at the Crossroads League Championships where she clocked in at 18:26.9, over 50 seconds faster than her time last year, to finish 3rd out of 122 runners. She will be one of four runners from the league competing as an individual.

As the conference champions, Taylor University received an automatic bid to the national championships while Indiana Wesleyan, ranked 23rd nationally, will also compete as a team having received the ninth at-large bid.

The 37th annual event will take place November 19 at North Farms Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill. The women’s race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. CST. 

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.