LAWRENCE, Kas. - It was a dreary, breezy day at Rim Rock Farm for the 35th Annual NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships on Saturday where HU juniors Krista Wood and Hannah Moore competed as two of 84 individual qualifiers.
Wood ran an impressive race to cross the line in 19:01.30 to claim 55th out of 336 runners. She averaged a 6:07.2 mile and finished third among her Crossroads peers. As a freshman, the Waterville, Ohio native (Toledo Christian HS) clocked in at 20:08 to take 122nd.
Moore (Linn Grove, Ind., South Adams HS) averaged a 6:20.8 mile to cross the line in 19:42.90 for the 144th spot. She also made the trip to Nationals as a rookie where she enjoyed her highest finish, 132nd place in 20:18.
For the third consecutive year, British Columbia claimed the women’s title with 43 points. Rounding out the top five was Lewis-Clark with 141 points followed by Northwest Christian (181), Carroll (234) and Dordt (235).
Taylor University earned the league’s automatic bid to Nationals where they finished 10th overall with 336 points. Having received an at-large bid, Indiana Wesleyan also competed as a team to finish 19th with 492 points.
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.