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Women take 1st, men claim 3rd at Madison Kiwanis Invite

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HANOVER, Ind. - For the second time in as many outings, the Forester women's cross country team ran to a first place finish paced by sophomore Christine Sparks. This time around, HU totaled 35 points to claim the Madison Kiwanis Invitational title hosted by Hanover College on Saturday.

Only 56 seconds separated HU's top five runners. Sparks covered the five-kilometer course in 19:54 to finish 2nd out of 73 runners. Gretchen (Spahr) Pyper took 6th with a 20:23 effort while Hannah Moore finished two spots behind in 20:28.

Erin Rockey (20:32) and Krista Wood (20:50) crossed the line just after Moore to place 9th and 10th respectively to round out Huntington's scoring. Other HU harriers included Natalie Spahr (18th, 21:28), Marie Ditzler (32nd, 22:34) and Cassidy Johnson (50th, 23:42).

The top 20 runners received All-Meet honors with the Foresters claiming six of those spots in Sparks, Pyper, Moore, Rockey, Wood and Spahr.

Finishing nine points behind HU, Hanover took second with 44 points followed by Manchester (69), Asbury (75), Campbellsville (162), Earlham (178) and Webster (180).

The HU men's team also had a strong outing by finishing third in their 8K race. Austin Presnell led his squad by finishing 6th in 28:28 out of 60 runners. Brian Menzie clocked in at 28:41 for 9th while Zach McIntyre ran a 29:08 for 13th.

Eric Baker joined teammates Presnell, Menzie and McIntyre on the All-Meet team by claiming 20th in 29:46. Codi Wiersema rounded out his team's scoring by running a 20:28 for 27th while Ben Gammon posted a 36:45 for 46th place.

Manchester claimed the men's title with 50 points followed by Hanover (65), HU (75), Campbellsville (93), Webster (99), Earlham (133) and Asbury (159).

The Foresters have a two-week break before competing in the Indiana Intercollegiates hosted by Purdue University on September 19.