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HU competes in CL preview invitational

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CARMEL, Ind. - It was a preview of what’s to come as the Forester cross country teams went up against seven of their league foes at the Marian University Invitational on the course they’ll be competing on for the Crossroads League Championships next month.

In the men’s 8K, the Foresters claimed 6th out of eight teams with 144 points. Elijah Chesterman and Kevin Mosier paced HU with Chesterman finishing .06 seconds ahead of his teammate. The rookie posted a 28:21.05 for 15th place out of 87 runners while Mosier clocked in at 28:21.11 for 17th place.

Nick Childs ran to a 24th place finish in 28:47.15 while Codi Wiersema turned in a 29:52.74 for 42nd place. Elston Jones rounded out Huntington’s scoring with a 46th place finish in 30:28.94.

Other runners for HU included Adreen Gentie (50th, 30:57.84) and Zach McIntyre (54th, 32:25.29).

All five of Taylor’s runners finished in the top 10 to best the eight-team field with 26 points followed by IWU (42), Goshen (111), Grace (122), Marian (140), HU (144), Bethel (171) and Spring Arbor (213).
 
On the women’s side, Coach Miller’s squad finished 8th with 236 points. Leading the way for HU was Kelsey Graber. The senior harrier crossed the line 38th out of 93 runners by posting a time of 21:51.90.  

Rachael Smelser (22:37.60) and Erin Manchess (22:57.85) finished 47th and 48th respectively with Bianca Tisdale taking 50th in 24:04.81. MacKenzie Bobeck turned in a 26:13.34 for 53rd place and Amanda Fielding came in one place later in 26:38.90.

Just like the men’s team, Taylor’s top five runners finished in the top 10 to claim to the women’s title with 23 points followed by Marian (63), IWU (75), Spring Arbor (86), Goshen (149), Bethel (166), Grace (183) and HU (236).   
  
The Foresters have a two-week break before competing in the Greater Louisville Invitational on September 30 at 10:00 a.m.

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 274 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.