GREENWOOD, Ind. --- The HCAC men's and women's cross country championships will take place Saturday, October 28 at the Manchester University cross country course in North Manchester, Ind. The event will be hosted by Manchester University with the men's race beginning at 11 a.m. and the women's race at noon.
Rose-Hulman will look to claim its third men's conference championship in four years at the event, while the Manchester women will run for a third-straight title. Manchester and Hanover will look to challenge the Engineers on the men's side while Rose-Hulman will look to battle with Manchester on the women's side.
The Spartan men were picked to finish second in this year's preseason poll and they have been paced by Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) this fall. The senior has claimed Runner of the Week twice this season. Manchester's men's team competed in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on October 14th and set their best course average of the season at 27:36.
Rose-Hulman will strive to claim the top spot as conference champs this weekend after being voted to finish first in the preseason poll. The Fightin' Engineers have been paced by Alton Anspaugh (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Matthew Stevenot (Hudson, Ohio) this season. Anspaugh has led the Fightin' Engineers two times this fall, with a season best time of 25:29.4. Stevenot has also led Rose-Hulman twice this fall with a season best time of 25:26.2.
Hanover's Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) will look to lead the Panthers at the conference championship this weekend. The two-time Runner of the Week this season posted his best time at the Greater Louisville Classic placing second with a time of 25:39.5.
The Manchester women enter Saturday's championship as the favorite to repeat and have averaged a season best 6K time of 24:24 as a team. The Spartans have been led by sophomore Hannah Wappes (Columbia, City, Ind.) who has claimed Runner of the Week three times this season.
The Rose-Hulman women have led the HCAC field two times this season. The Fightin' Engineers have finished in the top three in three of their four races (McNicholas Invitational, Indiana Intercollegiates, Millikin) as a team this fall. Rose-Hulman has been led by Kally Morozin (Libertyville, Ill.) this fall posting a season-best time at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble of 23:25.0.
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 men's race at 11 a.m. followed by the women's race at noon.
Awards will be presented at the finish line at about 1:15 p.m.