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Dirr takes first at Bethel Invitational

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sophomore Aspen Dirr ran away with a first place finish in the 5K gray race of the Bethel College Invitational at St. Patrick’s Park Friday night to lead the Forester women’s cross country team to a third place finish out of eight teams. Among a field of 66 runners, the Hudson native clocked in at 19:10.4 to finish over 12 seconds ahead her nearest competitor.

Christine Sparks also ran an impressive race to take third in 19:35.1. Marie Ditzler claimed 16th in 20:42.4 while Amanda Fielding (22:09.7) and Kelsey Graber (22:25.9) crossed the line 30th and 31st to round out the HU’s scoring.

Other finishers for Coach Miller’s crew included Rachel Smelser (32nd, 22:33.9) and Cassidy Johnson (34th, 22:49.9).

Indiana Wesleyan topped the women’s race with 42 points followed by Goshen (75), HU (81), Notre Dame (85), Robert Morris (135), Saint Francis (155), Roosevelt (181) and Spring Arbor (192).

Four Foresters finished in the top ten for the HU men on the way a second place finish out of four teams in the men’s 8K gray race.

Nick Childs topped Huntington by posting a time of 28:17.6 good for 6th place out of 49 runners. Codi Wiersema followed shortly after for 8th place in 28:24.3 Finishing 3rd for HU was Zach McIntyre in 28:57.3 for 9th place overall. Austin Wiley (29:04.8) and Michael Bowman (29:05.1) finished within a second of each other to claim 10th and 11th respectively.

Other finishers for HU included CJ Robertson (12th, 29:13.2) and Ben Rigel (13th, 29:18.8).

Indiana Wesleyan also took home the men’s title with 21 points followed by HU (44), Saint Xavier (77) and IU South Bend (104).

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.