GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge on Saturday.
Aspen Dirr finished in 25th place to lead the Foresters with a time of 19:05.61. Christine Sparks came in next at 20:03.47 to finish 74th.
Other finishers for HU were Marie Ditzler (21:03.09), Kelsey Graber (21:47.65), Amanda Fielding (21:53.60), Cassidy Johnson (22:03.84), Rachael Smelser and (22:23.64).
The women came in 15th amongst 25 teams. Host Aquinas came in first, while Shawnee State, Taylor, St. Xavier and Indiana Wesleyan rounded out the top five.
Zach McIntyre was the top finisher on the men’s 8K for HU, coming in 93rd with a time of 27:25.28. Kevin Moser (28:19.29) and Austin Wiley (28:29.47) came in 115th and 119th, respectively.
The men ranked 20th. Marian captured the top spot, while Shawnee State, Olivet Nazarene, Bethel and Cornerstone ended in the remaining top-five places.
Other Forester finishers included Codi Wiersema (28:33.07), Nick Childs (28:35.83), C.J. Robertson (28:51.07) and Ben Rigel (28:56.74).
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.