GREENWOOD, Ind. – Manchester University's women's cross country team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Spartans tallied 98 points and eight first place votes in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches.
Bluffton University finished in second, collecting 86 points and two first place votes, while Hanover College placed third in the poll with 78 points. Franklin College finished fourth with 65 points and was followed by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (63 points), Anderson University (60), Transylvania University (33), Mount St. Joseph University (28), Earlham College (20), and Defiance College (19).
Manchester University earned its fifth HCAC cross country championship last season. The Spartans totaled 47 points and held off second place Hanover by 25 points. The Spartans return two first-team All-HCAC selections from last season's team. Senior Mariah Jordan (Ft. Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) earned MVP honors with a first place finish for the Spartans. Senior Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) finished sixth for Manchester last fall.
Bluffton University placed third at last year's HCAC cross country championship last season with a total of 84 points. The Beavers return one first-team All-HCAC selection and two honorable mention selections from last season. Senior Anna Hairston (Mansfield, Ohio / Ontario) led the Beavers with a 10th place finish. Junior Elaina Alpeter (Galloway, Ohio / Hilliard Bradley) finished 14th, while Alissa Hauke (Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro) finished 15th for Bluffton.
Hanover College totaled 72 points for a second place finish in last season's HCAC cross country championship. Hanover is set to return one honorable mention All-HCAC member from a year ago. Senior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) finished 13th for the Panthers last season.
The 2016 HCAC Women's Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Hanover College on Saturday, October 29.
The 2015 women's cross country season is set to begin on September 1.
Runners to Watch
|Anderson||Sarah Repp||Sophomore||Connersville, Ind. / Connersville|
|Sierra Ratzlaff||Sophomore||Lapel, Ind. / Lapel|
|Whitney Andrews||Sophomore||Charlestown, Ind. / Charlestown|
|Bluffton||Anna Hairston||Senior||Mansfield, Ohio / Ontario|
|Jennie Matteson||Sophomore||Guysville, Ohio / Alexander|
|Alissa Hauke||Junior||Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro|
|Defiance||Aaron Textor||Junior||Swanton, Ohio / Swanton|
|Kayla Miller||Senior||Wadsworth, Ohio|
|Earlham||Mia Kaplan||Junior||Durham, N.C. / Durham Arts|
|Victoria Trezona||Sophomore||Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North|
|Leah Johnson||Sophomore||Denver, Colo. / George Washington|
|Franklin||Sadie Spears||Junior||Sellersburg, Ind. / Henryville|
|Meghan Yencer||Sophomore||Poneto, Ind. / Southern Wells|
|Rachel Bowden||Junior||New Albany, Ind. / New Albany|
|Hanover||Mackenzie Dean||Senior||Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove|
|Cami Trachtman||Senior||Carmel, Ind. / Carmel|
|Korie Siebert||Senior||Borden, Ind. / Providence|
|Manchester||Mariah Jordan||Senior||Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead|
|Tiffany Harber||Senior||Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City|
|Samina Qureshi||Sophomore||Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City|
|Shelby Harrell||Junior||Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth|
|MSJ||Maria Waters||Sophomore||Cincinnati, Ohio / Mercy|
|Rose-Hulman||Camille Blaisdell||Junior||Barrington, Ill. / Barrington|
|Emilie Hobbs||Senior||Peru, Ind. / Peru|
|Emma Ross||Junior||Connersville, Ind. / Connersville|
|Kally Morozin||Sophomore||Libertyville, Ill. / Carmel Catholic|
|Transylvania||Elizabeth Deaton||Junior||Tuscon, Ariz. / Pima CC|
|Riley Bresnahan||Junior||Morgantown, W.Va. / University|
|Rebecca Factor||Sophomore||Louisville, Ky. / Ballard|