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HU cross country opens up season at Twilight Invitational

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MARION, Ind. - The Forester cross country teams opened up their season at the Twilight Invitational Friday night on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The HU men claimed fifth out of nine teams in the 8,000-meter race with a total team time of 2:16.50. Huntington’s top four finished within five seconds of each other. Making his collegiate debut, freshman Adrien Gentie topped the Foresters by clocking in at 27:11.6 (with an average mile time of 5:28.2) for 20th place out of 113 runners.

Kevin Moser posted a time of 27:13.3 for 22nd place with Nick Childs on his heels to claim 24th place in 27:13.8. Elijah Chesterman had a solid outing in his first race as a Forester to finished 25th in 27:15.1. Kody Ahrens rounded out the scoring for Coach Miller’s crew by turning in a 27:57.1 for 34th place.

Other runners for Huntington included Elston Jones (44th, 28:55.7), CJ Robertson (47th, 29:12.1), Codi Wiersema (79th, 29:39.1), Zach McIntyre (86th, 30:04.7), Cody Feissel (89th, 30:17.3), Justin Ayres (94th, 30:51.4) and Joseph Landon (111th, 36:22.0).

Taylor claimed the men’s title with 26 points followed by IWU (52), Goshen (103), Grace (124), HU (125), Ohio Christian (130), Spring Arbor (209), Saint Francis (227) and IU Kokomo (256).

Out of 115 runners, Aspen Dirr paced the Forester women by finishing just under 20 minutes at 19:59.0 in the 5,000-meter race to enjoy 24th place at a pace of 6:35.9/mile.

Kelsey Graber (21:14.6) and Bianca Tisdale (21:18.6) came in next for HU by placing 41st and 42nd respectively. Erin Manchess posted a time of 22:25.3 for 53rd place and rounding out the scoring was Rachael Smelser registering a time of 22:39.4 for 55th place.

Other runners for Huntington included MacKenzie Bobeck (60th, 23:55.5) and Amanda Fielding (61st, 24:46.4).

Taylor also took home the women’s title with 32 points followed by IWU (83), Spring Arbor (91), Ohio Christian (110), Goshen (153), IU Kokomo (156), Saint Francis (168), Grace (175) and HU (215).

The Foresters are back in action Friday to compete in the Marian University Invitational.

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.