Grand Rapids, Mich. - Up against some of the top teams in the NAIA, the Forester cross country teams had a great showing at the Great Lakes Cross Country Challenge at Aquinas College on Saturday.
The men’s team finished seventh out of 30 teams, beating five of the ten nationally ranked teams and finishing first of the eight conference teams at the invitational.
Leading HU was senior Joseph Herber who finished fourth out of 327 runners with a time of 24:53. Alec Rosario placed 22nd in 25:42. Crossing the line next for the Foresters in 26:21 was Lance Wood who finished 49th overall. Nathan Rupp (26:36) and Brian Menzie (26:55) rounded out Huntington’s scoring with 67th and 82nd place finishes respectively. Other finishers included Isaiah Laatsch (140th, 28:31), Ethan Medley (142nd, 28:46) and Seth Murphy (202nd, 28:55).
The women’s team ran their best race of the season as evidenced by five Foresters setting collegiate personal bests. They finished tenth out of 33 teams, which included beating two nationally ranked teams. The Foresters also finished third out of the nine conference schools at the invite.
Gretchen Spahr, averaging a 6:04 mile, paced the Foresters by finishing 23rd out of 337 runners in 18:51. Cendall Ogle ran to a 39th place finish in 19:14. Also breaking the twenty-minute barrier was Erin Rockey (47th, 19:24) and Krystal McHenry (78th, 19:53). Not far behind was Natalie Spahr who crossed the line in 20:02 for 94th place. Other HU runners included Miranda Boyts (125th, 20:40) and Amanda Henningfield (156th, 21:20).
Huntington takes a two-week break before competing in the MCC Championships at Goshen College on November 5.