Manchester Picked to Win Third-Straight HCAC Women's Cross Country Title

Manchester Picked to Win Third-Straight HCAC Women's Cross Country Title

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Manchester University's women's cross country team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2017 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 83 points and two first place votes, while Hanover College placed third in the poll with 79 points.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished fourth with 75 points and was followed by Earlham College (55 points), Anderson University (54), Franklin College (39), Transylvania University (30), Defiance College (20), and Mount St. Joseph University (17).

Manchester University earned its sixth HCAC cross country championship last season. The Spartans totaled 22 points and held off second place Bluffton by 42 points. The Spartans return two first-team All-HCAC selections from last season's team. Sophomore Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) earned All-HCAC honors with a third place finish for the Spartans.  Sophomore Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind. / Tri-County) finished fourth for Manchester last fall.

Bluffton University placed second at last year's HCAC cross country championship last season with a total of 64 points.  The Beavers return one first-team All-HCAC selection and two honorable mention selections from last season.  Junior Devony Miller (Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton) led the Beavers with an 11th place finish.  Sophomore Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich. / Lake Fenton) finished 13th, while senior Alissa Hauke (Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro) finished 18th for Bluffton.

Hanover College totaled 99 points for a third place finish in last season's HCAC cross country championship. Hanover will look to rebuild their team for the upcoming season after graduating one first-team selection and two honorable mention honorees last fall.

The 2017 HCAC Women's Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Manchester University on Saturday, October 28.

The 2017 women's cross country season is set to begin on September 2.

Runners to Watch

Anderson     Ashley King     Senior     Plainfield, Ind. / Covenant Christian
      Tess Wise     Junior     Lynn, Ind. / Randolph Southern
      Kayla Medaris     Senior     New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine
Bluffton     Alexis Cash     Sophomore     Gaines, Mich. / Lake Fenton
      Jennie Matteson     Junior     Guysville, Ohio / Alexander
      Alissa Hauke     Senior     Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro
Defiance     Aaron Textor     Senior     Swanton, Ohio / Swanton
      Olivia Fett     Junior     Defiance, Ohio / Defiance
      Kenna Bell     Freshman     Piqua, Ohio / Piqua
Earlham     Rachel Wilkins     Junior     Oakland City, Ind. / Wood Memorial
      Ellie Haland     Freshman     Afton, Minn. / Math & Science Academy
      Mairead Blatner     Freshman     Northampton, Mass. / Northampton
Franklin     Grace Esterline     Freshman     Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg
      Meghan Yencer     Junior     Poneto, Ind. / Southern Wells
      Rachel Bowden     Senior     New Albany, Ind. / New Albany
Hanover     Morgan Hamilton     Junior     Connersville, Ind. / Connersville
      Amanda Stump     Junior     Garrett, Ind. / Garrett
Manchester     Hannah Wappes     Sophomore     Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City
      Emily Ewen     Sophomore     Wolcott, Ind. / Tri County
MSJ     Maria Waters     Junior     Cincinnati, Ohio / Mercy
      Vanessa Cappel     Freshman     Cincinnati, Ohio / Princeton
Rose-Hulman     Camille Blaisdell     Senior     Barrington, Ill. / Barrington
      Emma Ross     Senior     Connersville, Ind. / Connersville
      Kally Morozin     Junior     Libertyville, Ill. / Carmel Catholic
Transylvania     Elizabeth Deaton     Senior     Tuscon, Ariz. / Pima CC
      Sadie Middleton     Junior     Bardstown, Ky. / Thomas Nelson
      Rebecca Facktor     Junior     Louisville, Ky. / Ballard