GREENWOOD, Ind. – The HCAC men's and women's cross country championships will take place Saturday, October 29 at the Hanover College cross country course in Hanover, Indiana. The event will be hosted by Hanover College with the women's race beginning at 11:45 a.m. and the men's race at 12:45 p.m.
Rose-Hulman will look to claim a third-straight men's conference championship at the event, while the Manchester women will run for a second-straight title. Manchester will look to dethrone the Engineers on the men's side while Anderson will look to battle with Manchester on the women's side.
The Engineers have been paced by two individuals this season. Alton Anspaugh and Matt Hill have emerged with season-best times of 25:47 and 25:52, respectively. Both of earned Runner of the Week honors throughout the regular season. Five runners for Rose-Hulman ran under the 28-minute mark during the team's most recent race at Evansville on Oct. 15.
Manchester will strive to claim the top spot as conference champs this weekend. The Spartans have been paced by Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) and Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.) this season. Gudeman has led the Spartans two times this fall, with a season best time of 25:14.6. Gudeman won the individual title at the Hanvoer Invitational in early September, finishing the course with a time of 27:43.33.
The Manchester women have been on the USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Region poll for three weeks, and currently sit at the No. 10 spoy. The Spartans enter Saturday's championship as the favorite to repeat, and the women have led the conference field at two different meets this season.
Manchester has been paced by three-time HCAC Runner of the Week senior Mariah Jorden (Fort Wayne, Ind.) during the fall. Jordan was the top finisher at the Hanover Invitational and posted a time of 24:31.1 at the meet. The senior posted her best 5K time at the Indiana Intercollegiates with a mark of 19:44.84 and claimed a 6K time of 21:52.3 at the Oberlin Interregional Rumble.
Anderson University women's team has led the conference in two of the cross country meets this fall. They finished first at Run With the Lions in Shelbyville, Ind. and the Earlham Invitational. The Ravens have been led by freshman Marissa Jamison who has clocked in a 5K best at 19:36.4.
The top 12 finishers on the men's and women's side will be named All-HCAC, while the top freshman finisher will be named Freshman of the Year. Individuals who finish 13th through 20th at the conference meet will be named honorable mention All-HCAC.
The women will compete on a 6K course Saturday while the men will run the 8K course. Action will get underway with the women's race at 11:45 a.m. followed by the men's race at 12:45 p.m.
Awards will be presented at the finish line at about 2 p.m.