Manchester Men Earn First Ever HCAC Cross Country Championship

CINCINNATI, OH - Manchester College's men's cross country team captured their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship on October 31. The Spartans claimed six of the top 12 individual places en route to posting a score of 21 at the meet held at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Manchester College senior Andy Williams (Middlebury, Ind.) won the individual title for the second straight season. 

Williams finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 26:34.  His effort was four seconds faster than second-place finisher Kyle Pletcher (Walkerton, Ind.) of Manchester.  Williams was named HCAC Most Valuable Player for his performance. 

Pletcher joined Williams on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. The other Manchester runners to earn the recognition on Saturday were Braden Nelson (Angola, Ind.), Alec Womboldt (DeWitt, Ind.), Cole Jackson (Logansport, Ind.) and Calvin Cook (Plymouth, Ind.)

Kirk Saunders (Bloomington, Ill.) of Anderson was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing seventh overall with a time of 26:58. 

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Anderson with a score of 53. Franklin placed third with a score of 74 and was followed by Rose-Hulman (79) in fourth position. Defiance (147) and Hanover (183) rounded out the team standings.  Mount St. Joseph, Bluffton, and Transylvania competed in the meet but did not post a team score. 

Franklin's Jacob Hojnacki (LaPorte, Ind.), Rose-Hulman's Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville, Ind.), and Anderson's Taylor Holmes (Monticello, Ind.), Bill Digman (Muncie, Ind.) and Jake Wyatt (Hudson, Ind.) were also named to the All-HCAC team. 

Manchester head coach Brian Cashdollar was named HCAC Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Spartans to the conference title.

 

Team Scores

School

Total

1

2

3

4

5

*6

*7

Manchester

21

1

2

3

4

11

12

18

Anderson

53

7

8

9

10

19

21

26

Franklin

74

5

14

16

17

22

24

31

Rose-Hulman

79

6

13

15

20

25

27

29

Defiance

147

23

28

30

32

34

35

40

Hanover

183

33

36

37

38

39

41

42

Mount St. Joseph

NTS

19

66

74

80

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Bluffton

NTS

49

73

76

79

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Transylvania

NTS

59

69

82

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All-Conference  

Place

Name

School

Time

1

Andy Williams

Manchester

26:34

2

Kyle Pletcher

Manchester

26:38

3

Braden Nelson

Manchester

26:45

4

Alec  Womboldt

Manchester

26:52

5

Jacob Hojnacki

Franklin

26:57

6

Tyler Kreipke

Rose-Hulman

26:58

7

Kirk Saunders

Anderson

26:58

8

Taylor Holmes

Anderson

27:03

9

Bill Digman

Anderson

27:03

10

Jake Wyatt

Anderson

27:15

11

Cole Jackson

Manchester

27:19

12

Calvin Cook

Manchester

27:20

 

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference  

Place

Name

School

Time

13

Micah Aldrich

Rose-Hulman

27:25

14

Kinley Weber

Franklin

27:31

15

David Caldwell

Rose-Hulman

27:38

16

Scotch Swango

Franklin

27:52

17

Kevin Martin

Franklin

28:03

18

Kerry Nielsen

Manchester

28:16

19

Jeff Schroer

Mount St. Joseph

28:19

20

Jeff Vibbert

Anderson

28:22

 

 

MVP: Andy Williams, Manchester   

Freshman of the Year: Kirk Saunders, Anderson

Coach of the Year: Brian Cashdollar, Manchester