Manchester Men Repeat as HCAC Cross Country Champions

Meet Results (click here)

VERSAILLES, KY Manchester College’s men’s cross country team captured their second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship on October 30. The Spartans claimed five of the top 12 individual places en route to posting a score of 39 at the meet held at Falling Springs Park in Versailles, Kentucky.

Franklin College senior Kevin Martin (Mitchell, Ind.) won the individual title for the first time in his career. Martin finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 25:48.05.  His effort was five seconds faster than second-place finisher Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville, Ind.) of Rose-Hulman.  Martin was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for his performance.

Kreipke joined Martin on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. Manchester placed five runners on the team Saturday, including Braden Nelson (Angola, Ind.), Curtis Kent (Angola, Ind.), Chris LaFree (South Bend, Ind.), Cole Jackson (Logansport, Ind.), and Alec Womboldt (DeWitt, Mich.).

Curtis Kent of Manchester was also named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing sixth overall with a time of 26:04.65.

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Franklin with a score of 46. Anderson placed third with a score of 81 and was followed by Rose-Hulman (83) in fourth position. Defiance (139), Earlham (199), Hanover (214), Mount St. Joseph (284), and Transylvania (286) rounded out the team standings.  Bluffton competed in the meet but did not post a team score.

Earlham’s Jacob Naegeli (Trout Creek, Mont.), Anderson’s Kirk Saunders (Bloomington, Ill.), Franklin’s Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind.) and Jacob Hojnacki (La Porte, Ind.), and Defiance’s Justin Perkins (Sherwood, Ohio) 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

39

3

6

9

10

11

25

29

Franklin

46

1

7

8

14

16

18

22

Anderson

81

5

15

17

20

24

31

32

Rose-Hulman

83

2

13

19

23

26

27

28

Defiance

132

12

21

30

33

36

38

45

Earlham

182

4

35

42

50

51

52

53

Hanover

197

34

39

40

41

43

44

48

Mount St. Joseph

259

37

49

56

57

60

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Transylvania

260

46

47

54

55

58

59

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Bluffton

NTS

--

--

--

--

--

--

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All-Conference

 

Place

Name

School

Time

1

Kevin Martin

Franklin

25:48.05

2

Tyler Kreipke

Rose-Hulman

25:53.40

3

Braden Nelson

Manchester

25:59.50

4

Jacob Naegeli

Earlham

26:03.04

5

Kirk Saunders

Anderson

26:03.98

6

Curtis Kent

Manchester

26:04.65

7

Kris Sandlin

Franklin

26:34.09

8

Jacob Hojnacki

Franklin

26:34.37

9

Chris Lafree

Manchester

26:39.97

10

Cole Jackson

Manchester

26:44.67

11

Alec Womboldt

Manchester

26:50.34

12

Justin Perkins

Defiance

26:55.10

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Place

Name

School

Time

13

Andrew Thompson

Rose-Hulman

26:59.43

14

Jacob Crow

Franklin

27:04.03

15

Jake Wyatt

Anderson

27:05.16

16

Jay Druba

Franklin

27:06.93

17

Eric Linn

Anderson

27:13.12

18

Brandon Litz

Franklin

27:16.86

19

Michael Gerhardt

Rose-Hulman

27:21.36

20

Emby Duncan

Anderson

27:22.69

 

MVP:  Kevin Martin, Franklin College

Freshman of the Year: Curtis Kent, Manchester College

Coach of the Year: Brian Cashdollar, Manchester College