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Women claim 10th, men take 16th at Great Lakes Challenge

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In their final meet before the conference championships, the Forester cross country teams ran in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas College on Saturday where the women finished 10th (out of 26 teams) and the men came in 16th (out of 25 teams).

Freshman Aspen Dirr paced the HU women by clocking in 20:04.26 for 38th place out of 296 runners. Crossing the line in 20:25.85 was Hannah Moore for 47th place. Krista Wood posted a 20:54.20 for 68th place.

Just over ten seconds separated Marie Ditzler (21:15.68) and Christine Sparks (21:26.90) who finished 84th and 96th respectively. Other Forester runners included Cassidy Johnson (104th, 21:47.26) and Rachael Smelser (123rd, 22:27.98).

It was a preview of the league meet as all Crossroads League teams competed. Among their league peers, HU finished fourth.

Aquinas claimed the women’s title with 55 points followed b Taylor (59), Indiana Wesleyan (88), Olivet Nazarene (135), Siena Heights (187), Marian (188), Cornerstone (224), Madonna (300), Point Park (311), HU (333), Grace (351), Indiana Tech (353), Davenport (370), Mount Vernon (399), IU Kokomo (439), Saint Francis (447), Bethel (449), Concordia (455), Spring Arbor (507), Roosevelt (511), Lawrence Tech (532), Purdue North Central (583), Purdue Calumet (636), Goshen (684), Trinity International (753) and IU Northwest (755).   

In the men’s 8K, Zach McIntyre led the HU pack by claiming 81st out of 296 runners in 28:34.73. Kevin Moser reported in at 29:11.78 for 105th place. Stephen Kays was on his heels to finish 106th in 29:13.86. Also finishing back-to-back was Daniel Perry (112th, 29:30.83) and Codi Wiersema (113th, 29:31.02).

Austin Presnell, who lost a shoe in the mud within the first mile of the race, posted a 30:10.81 for 128th place. CJ Robertson ran a 30:24.46 to finish 131st.

With all but one league team competing on Saturday; the Foresters finished eighth among its Crossroads League peers.

Indiana Wesleyan won the men’s race with 48 points followed by Olivet Nazarene (84), Aquinas (105), Marian (114), Taylor (163), Indiana Tech (187), Bethel (206), Cornerstone (222), Davenport (290), Spring Arbor (308), Point Park (323), Goshen (332), Mount Vernon (342), Lawrence Tech (383), Siena Heights (482), HU (517), Michigan-Dearborn (526), Purdue Calumet (528), Madonna (529), IU South Bend (572), Grace (574), IU Kokomo (605), Concordia (628), IU Northwest (722) and Trinity International (727).

Huntington has a two-week break before hosting the Crossroads League Championships on November 7.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.