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First annual E. DeWitt Baker Invitational slated for Saturday

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Huntington, Ind. “In the celebration of Homecoming, the Huntington College cross country program will host the first annual E. DeWitt Baker Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:15 a.m. The third annual Alumni Run will take place prior to the invitational and will be the inaugural race on the new cross country course.

Head coach Tom King is honored to host the E. DeWitt Baker Invitational in honor of Huntington College’s former president from 1965-1981. Dr. Baker passed away on May 21, 2000.  Dr. Baker was president of Huntington College when I came to Huntington. He and his wife Evelyn were always a great example to me, teaching me to know how God wanted me to live my life. His great service to God, country, family, and Huntington College were done with great determination but with humility. It is exciting for me to share and remind our students of one of our former college presidents.

The race will feature eight men’s and women’s teams including Tri-State, Asbury, Saint Francis, Indiana Wesleyan, Alma, Spring Arbor, Grace and Huntington. On the women’s side, Spring Arbor and Huntington are expected to head the race. The No. 17 Foresters have been running well all season and have been ranked as high as No. 14 in the weekly NAIA ratings. Spring Arbor has held a ranking as high as No. 16 this year. Danielle Vohs (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) has run as HC’s top harrier all season and should place high on Saturday.

The men’s teams will be led by No. 20 Grace College. The HC squad has shown improvement through each race thus far. For the Forester men, the race will be a great opportunity for junior John Ngure (Thaika, Kenya) to show people why he has been an All-American in his first two years at HC. Ngure’s season has been highlighted by a win at the Indiana Intercollegiates against top competition from NCAA Division I teams. He won with an outstanding time of 23:31, 26 seconds faster than his opponents. Just last weekend, Ngure finished third at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, where 41 teams competed.

The alumni will open the new course in their third annual Alumni Race. The Alumni Race has been a homecoming favorite for those who ran for HC. Fifteen to 20 runners plus their families are expected to run on Saturday.

The new course combines rolling hills with a few flat sections and includes a creek and a short, steep hill. It will allow for great racing and excellent spectator viewing. The new course is located on the campus’s northeast tip, at Stultz and Gragg roads.