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HU women finish 3rd, men take 14th at #JennaStrong Classic

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WILMINGTON, Ohio The Forester women's cross country team made it clear they're deserving of the national attention they're receiving by finishing 3rd out of 43 teams at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College.

HU has been receiving votes in the NAIA national rankings since the September 24 poll.

It was a great race for the Foresters as only 46 seconds separated the top five runners. Krista Wood broke the 19-minute barrier to claim 8th out of 413 runners, representing a mix of NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III schools, by crossing the line in 18:59. Three seconds later Hannah Moore finished 13th in 19:02 while Erin Rockey posted a time of 19:36 to take 35th.

Gretchen (Spahr) Pyper turned in a 19:43 good for 42nd. Rounding out HU's scoring was Christine Sparks who finished 46th in 19:45. Other runners included Natalie Spahr (94th, 20:30) and Marie Ditzler (125th, 21:04).

Ashland took the women's title with 52 points. Rounding out the top ten included Cedarville (104), HU (144), Findlay (167), Otterbein (216), Cleveland State (233), Centre (234), Heidelberg (242), Hanover (250) and Cumberlands (289).

The Forester men also had a strong outing to finish 14th out of 38 teams. Leading the way was Austin Presnell who finished 32nd out of 373 runners. Brian Menzie turned in a time of 26:57 for 46th place.

Eric Baker ran to a 72nd place finish in 27:30. Rounding out the scoring was Zach McIntyre (101st, 28:01) and Josh Graham (151st, 29:08). Other HU runners included Codi Wiersema (163rd, 29:33) and Ben Gammon (223rd, 32:56).

Ashland also claimed the men's title with 21 points. Other teams in front of HU included Miami (OH) (95), Walsh (111), Centre (176), Wooster (193), Rio Grande (195), Ohio Dominican (259), Otterbein (263), Spalding (306), Heidelberg (338), Findlay (372), Mount Vernon (382), Una-Miami (399) and HU (402).

The Foresters run again on October 25 at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas College.