Forester women’s cross country looks to shine at NAIA National Championships

Vohs, Guenin lead the charge to Kenosha, Wis.
Huntington, Ind.—It’s the third time in five years – the Huntington College women’s cross country team will head north to Kenosha, Wis., to compete at the NAIA National Championships. After placing third at the Region VIII championships in Jackson, Mich., Saturday, the Foresters had to wait for an at-large bid to guarantee their spot in the championships.

The decision came on Sunday night, and on Monday it was official. The women harriers will conclude their season with a chance to shine on the national level. The season has provided the Foresters with a national ranking every week of the season, topping out at no. 14. Going into Saturday’s regional, they were ranked no. 16.

Besides an impressive 17th-place finish at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, the Foresters have placed no lower than third all season, winning the Taylor Invitational and the E. DeWitt Baker Invitational. Leading the way for Huntington is local native, Danielle Vohs. Vohs has taken four title runs, including her last three races. Her time of 18:12 at regionals on Saturday was eight seconds faster than Spring Arbor’s All-American Michelle Klein. And on the heels of Klein was Forester Natalie Guenin (Wabash, Ind.), finishing an impressive third after passing seven people in the final stretch.

Needless to say, the Foresters aren’t just excited to compete on the national level- they’ve become veterans at high caliber competition. They’re ready to leave a lasting impression of Huntington College to all the competitors in Kenosha on Nov. 17.

Joining Vohs and Guenin on the national course will be teammates Jenny Cook (Gregory, Mich.), Elizabeth Ngugi Ngeri (Thaika, Kenya), Brooke Welch (Berne, Ind.), Aimee Sullivan (Wheaton, Ill.) and Carrie Reese (Mount Cory, Ohio). Vohs, Guenin and Cook were each named to the All-MCC Conference and All-Regional teams last Saturday in Jackson, Mich.

Six-time All-American John Ngure (Thaika, Kenya) will represent the men’s squad as an individual competitor at the men’s NAIA National Championships on Nov. 17, also in Kenosha, Wis.

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Heather Barkley
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