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Women claim 3rd, men take 6th at league meet

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WINONA LAKE, Ind. - The Forester cross country teams wrapped up their seasons Saturday morning at the Crossroads League Championships hosted by Grace College where the women finished 3rd and the men finished 6th.

It was a solid outing for the HU women as three Foresters earned All-Conference honors by finishing in the top 15. Gretchen Spahr paced Huntington to earn her third league accolade. The junior finished 7th in 19:01. Crossing the line next for HU was Krista Wood in 19:17 good for 13th.

Cendall Ogle was Coach King's other All-Conference finisher. She turned in a 14th place finish in 19:18 to earn her four consecutive league honor in cross country.

Rounding out HU's scoring was Erin Rockey and Natalie Spahr. Rockey posted a 19:46 to earn 20th and Spahr came in at 20:02 to claim 26th.

Other finishers for Huntington included Hannah Moore (28th, 20:04) and Christine Sparks (30th, 20:24).

Huntington wraps up the season ranked 29th in the final poll.

Taylor's top five runners all finished in the top ten to run away with the conference championship title and earn a trip to Nationals with 26 points followed by Indiana Wesleyan (59), Huntington (80), Marian (119), Spring Arbor (130), Mount Vernon (169), Goshen (183), Grace (209) and Bethel (250).

In the men's race, Tyler Herber earned his second All-Conference honor in as many years. The sophomore topped HU by finishing 7th in 26:38.

Running within four seconds of each other was Eric Baker (31st, 28:07) and Brian Menzie (33rd, 28:11). Stephen Kays clocked in at 29:05 to place 45th. Austin Presnell came in next in 29:12 to claim 47th.

Other HU runners included Josh Graham (51st, 29:25) and Michael Bowman (60th, 30:10).

As a team, the Foresters finished with a total time of 2:21:15.

Indiana Wesleyan earned the league title and an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA National Cross Country Championships with 47 points followed by Taylor (53), Goshen (71), Spring Arbor (75), Bethel (160), HU (163), Marian (197), Grace (230), Mount Vernon (241) and Saint Francis (273).