The Foresters were among 32 teams competing for the NAIA National Cross Country title in Kenosha, Wisconsin today and HU ran to a 10th place finish with a team score of 308.
Senior Nick Johnson paced the Foresters with an eighth place finish in 24:40, improving his personal best time by 29 seconds. His top 10 finish was by far his best showing in three trips to the national event and earned him NAIA All-America honors for the first time in his career.
The four remaining runners who figured in the team scoring also posted record finishes. Junior Joseph Njeri improved on his 49th place finish a year ago by coming in 35th in 25:36. Senior Dan Lindbloom moved up 10 spots from last year's national meet by crossing the line in 57th place with a time of 25:51. In his debut on the national stage, freshman Joseph Herber turned in an 85th place finish in 26:10 and Luke Diehl knocked 37 places off last year's result with an 123rd place finish in 26:39.
Two other harriers competing for HU were freshman Alec Rosario (194th, 28:40) and senior Josh Barnett (210th, 30:21).
The top-ranked Pioneers of Malone College put three runners in the top 10 and posted a team score of 61 to repeat as NAIA National Champions. They outdistanced Azusa Pacific, the runner-up, by 57 points.
For complete National Championship results, see 2008 NAIA Cross Country National Championships Results.