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Women finish 3rd, men take 8th at CL Cross Country Championships

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UPLAND, Ind. - The Forester cross country teams traveled to Taylor University Saturday morning to compete in the Crossroads League Championships where the women claimed 3rd while the men finished 8th. 

Hannah Moore ran a great race for HU to qualify for the NAIA National Championships as an individual. She ran an 18:55.4 to finish sixth overall out of 130 runners and earn All-Conference honors for the second time in three years. Joining her at Nationals will be Krista Wood who punched her ticket by crossing the line 13th in 19:12.9. The Waterville (Ohio) native also earned her second All-Conference honor with a top 15 finish. 

Erin Rockey ran to an 18th place finish in 19:31.4. Gretchen (Spahr) Pyper clocked in at 19:44.5 to claim 20th while Christine Sparks was on her heels to finish 21st in 19:46.3. Other HU runners included Marie Ditzler (27th, 20:13.8) and Natalie Spahr (28th, 20:14.6). 

#9-ranked Taylor took top honors with 29 points followed by #14-ranked Indiana Wesleyan (36), #RV HU (77), Spring Arbor (144), Marian (149), Goshen (194), Saint Francis (196), Grace (209), Mount Vernon (222) and Bethel (275). 

In the final NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released earlier today, the Foresters received 40 points to sit at the No. 33 spot. Team and individual qualifiers for the 2014 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships will be announced Monday. 

The 35th annual event will take place at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, on November 22. 

The HU men were paced by sophomore Eric Baker who ran a 27:22.0 to finish 28th out of 126 runners. Brian Menzie crossed the line next for Huntington in 27:44.8 to claim 38th. Finishing 44th in 28:03.9 was Zach McIntyre. Austin Presnell posted a time of 28:48.6 for 52nd. Codi Wiersema rounded out the Foresters’ scoring by finishing 57th in 29:53.3. 

Other Huntington runners included Josh Graham (61st, 31:10.0) and Ben Gammon (63rd, 33:00.6).

No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan claimed the men’s title with 23 points followed by No. 15 Taylor (75), No. 20 Goshen (82), Marian (85), Spring Arbor (134), Bethel (159), Mount Vernon (207), HU (219) and Grace (228).

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 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.