Spartans Win Fourth-Straight HCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship

Spartans Win Fourth-Straight HCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship

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BLUFFTON, OH Manchester University’s men’s cross country team captured their fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship on October 27. The Spartans claimed five of the top 10 individual places en route to posting a score of 27 at the meet held at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Franklin College junior Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind.) won the individual title for the first time in his career. Sandlin finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 26:11.9.  His effort was 17 seconds faster than second-place finisher Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind.) of Manchester.  Sandlin was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for his performance.

Nordmann joined Sandlin on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. Manchester placed five runners on the team Saturday, including Zeth Baker (Waterloo, Ind.), Jon Caffarelli (Lansing, Ill.), Chris Lafree (South Bend, Ind.), Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind.) and Clayton Harlan (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Kevin Stewart (Springfield, Ohio) of Bluffton was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing 20th overall with a time of 27:39.8.

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Rose-Hulman with a score of 83. Franklin placed third with a score of 97 and was followed by Defiance (117) in fourth position. Bluffton (123), Hanover (124), Anderson (140), Earlham (238), Mount St. Joseph (290), and Transylvania (309) rounded out the team standings. 

Defiance’s Joe Davis (Mansfield, Ohio) and Hayden Krick (Antwerp, Ohio), Anderson’s Eric Linn (Macy, Ind.), Hanover’s Logan Wells (Scottsburg, Ind.), and Rose-Hulman’s Stuart West (LaPorte, Ind.) were also named to the All-HCAC team.

Manchester head coach Brian Cashdollar was named HCAC Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Spartans to the conference title.

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