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Cross Country Running Competition Away

At this pace, they could be looking at running for a title by the end of the year.

By Ryan Walker, Staff Writer

Huntington University’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are killing it so far in the 2019 campaign. Four first place finishes in just six meets between the teams has proved that the Foresters know how to get it done on the course.

The men’s team has won every meet, including the Manchester Hokum Karem, IWU Twilight Invitational, and the Rumble in The Fort. The Twilight Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan featured 15 teams, including nearly all of the Crossroads League and then some. This meet win for the Foresters is something big; they know they are now the team to beat in the conference when they meet up November 9th for the league championships. 

The men couldn’t have done it without two of the top runners in the league, Adrien Gentie and freshman Halie Stutzman. Gentie has earned Crossroads league runner of the week twice and NAIA runner of the week twice–this is quite an accomplishment! As for freshman runner Stutzman, he has earned the league’s runner of the week and has dominated the competition so far. This has been great work by both runners. 

On the women’s side, they also are one of the teams to beat in the conference, finishing first out of six, fifth out of sixteen, and second out of five in all of their meets so far. In the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational, Hannah Stoffel finished first in the 5K; she took just seventeen minutes and nineteen seconds to complete. That effort earned her the Crossroads runner of the week for the second time this season and earning NAIA runner of the week as well. Congrats to Hannah!

Both teams have shone through the first three weeks of the season. They will be tough to compete against towards the end of the season. At this pace, they could be looking at running for a title by the end of the year! We wish the best of luck to both the girls and boys team as they compete in 2019.

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