GREENWOOD, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's men's cross country team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received 100 total points and all 10 first place votes.
Manchester University will strive for its sixth title, as the Spartans totaled 89 points. Hanover College placed third in the poll with 77 points, while Anderson University finished fourth with 72 points. Bluffton University finished fifth with 56 points and was followed by Franklin College (54 points), Defiance College (36), Transylvania University (33), Earlham College (20), and Mount St. Joseph University (13).
Rose-Hulman won the school's second HCAC cross country championship last fall and returns four runners that earned first-team All-HCAC honors. Junior Matt Hill (Connersville, Ind. / Connersville) placed first overall at the conference meet last fall and received MVP honors for his efforts. The Engineers other three first-team All-HCAC finishers placed sixth, eighth, and eleventh overall last fall. The returning runners will strive to pace Rose to a third-straight cross country HCAC title at the end of October.
The Spartans return one first-team All-HCAC and one honorable mention selections from last season. Senior Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich. / Hackett Central Catholic) earned a second place finish in the conference meet last fall and was the lone Spartan to claim first-team All-HCAC accolades. Senior Alex Gudeman earned Honorable Mention All-Conference with a 13th place finish overall.
Hanover College returns one first-team All-HCAC member from last year's third place team. Junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn) placed fifth at the 2015 meet, leading all Panthers at the event.
The 2016 HCAC Men's Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Hanover College on Saturday, October 29.
The 2016 men's cross country season is set to begin on September 1.
Runners to Watch
|Anderson||Isaac Wonderlin||Senior||Terre Haute, Ind. / South Vigo|
|Jake Gehman||Senior||Aurora, Ill. / Aurora Christian|
|Jona Odell||Sophomore||Indianapolis, Ind. / Cardinal Ritter|
|Bluffton||Jack Fisher||Senior||Norwalk, Ohio / St. Paul|
|Kris Lyons||Junior||Vickery, Ohio / Margaretta|
|Jonah Eckert||Sophomore||Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo|
|Defiance||Clayton Bruggeman||Senior||St. Henry, Ohio / St. Henry|
|Zach Roush||Senior||Nashville, Ind. / Brown County|
|Jacob Rindler||Senior||St. Henry, Ohio / St. Henry|
|Earlham||Gabe Penk||Senior||Portland, Oregon|
|Jacob Kempinski||Sophomore||Marshall, Mich.|
|Franklin||Evan Vernon||Senior||Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian|
|Michael Powell||Senior||Medora, Ind. / Medora|
|Hanover||Joe Rector||Junior||Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn|
|Jacob Hedrick||Sophomore||Memphis, Ind. / Henryville|
|Jake Hally||Senior||Indianapolis, Ind. / Southport|
|Manchester||Connor Bresnahan||Senior||Portage, Mich. / Hackett Central Catholic|
|Alex Gudeman||Senior||Rochester, Ind. / Rochester|
|MSJ||Chad Mason||Sophomore||Addyston, Ohio / Taylor|
|Rose-Hulman||Matt Hill||Junior||Connersville, Ind. / Connersville|
|Chandler Harkins||Junior||Boulder City, Nev. / Boulder City|
|Walt Dearing||Junior||Indianapolis, Ind. / Roncalli|
|Alton Anspaugh||Junior||Shelbyville, Ind. / Shelbyville|
|Transylvania||Charlie Jordan||Freshman||Cincinnati, Ohio / Mariemont|
|Evan Reister||Senior||Mount Washington, Ky. / Bullitt East|
|Kyle Sprague||Senior||Lexington, Ky. / Paul Dunbar|