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Dirr represents HU at NAIA Cross Country Championships

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Running on the national stage for the first time in her young career, freshman Aspen Dirr represented the Foresters at the 2015 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championships at McAlpine Park in Charlotte (N.C.) on Saturday morning.

The Hudson (Ind.) native (Prairie Heights H.S.) clocked in at 20:58.0 to finish 298th out of 321 runners. Dirr was one of 82 runners competing as an individual. She punched her ticket to nationals by finishing 15th at the Crossroads League meet several weeks prior.

Northwest Christian claimed the women’s title with 98 points to beat out British Columbia, the three-time defending champs, by 20 points. Kellian Hunt of Biola finished in 17:16.7 to earn the individual title and lead her team to a third place finish with 170 points. Rounding out the top five teams included Aquinas (184) and Carroll (223).

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.