Spartans Win Third-Straight HCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship

Meet Results (click here)

ANDERSON, IN Manchester College’s men’s cross country team captured their third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship on October 29. The Spartans claimed four of the top 10 individual places en route to posting a score of 38 at the meet held at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana.

Earlham College senior Jacob Naegeli (Trout Creek, Mon.) won the individual title for the first time in his career. Naegeli finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 26:38.90.  His effort was seven seconds faster than second-place finisher Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis, Ind.) of Rose-Hulman.  Naegeli was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for his performance.

Aldrich joined Naegeli on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. Manchester placed four runners on the team Saturday, including Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind.), Alec Womboldt (DeWitt, Mich.), Calvin Cook (Plymouth, Ind.), and Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind.).

Stuart West (LaPorte, Ind.) of Rose-Hulman was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing 11th overall with a time of 27:07.45.

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Anderson with a score of 60. Rose-Hulman placed third with a score of 82 and was followed by Franklin (91) in fourth position. Defiance (124), Earlham (143), Hanover (177), Mount St. Joseph (255), Bluffton (257), and Transylvania (290) rounded out the team standings. 

Franklin’s Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind.), Jay Druba (Hanover, Ind.), and Brandon Litz (Mooresville, Ind), and Anderson’s Kirk Saunders (Bloomington, Ill.) and Eric Linn (Macy, 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.

MVP:  Jacob Naegeli, Earlham College

Freshman of the Year: Stuart West, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Coach of the Year: Brian Cashdollar, Manchester College

Team Scores

School

Total

1

2

3

4

5

*6

*7

Manchester

38

3

4

7

8

16

18

21

Anderson

60

6

12

13

14

15

25

32

Rose-Hulman

82

2

11

19

22

28

34

36

Franklin

91

5

9

10

24

43

46

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Defiance

124

17

20

23

29

35

41

47

Earlham

143

1

26

30

37

49

52

53

Hanover

177

27

31

38

39

42

44

50

Mount St. Joseph

255

40

48

54

55

58

64

66

Bluffton

257

33

45

57

60

62

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Transylvania

290

51

56

59

61

63

65

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All-Conference

Place

Name

School

Time

1

Jacob Naegeli

Earlham

26:38.90

2

Micah Aldrich

Rose-Hulman

26:45.93

3

Michael Stocker

Manchester

26:47.99

4

Alec Womboldt

Manchester

26:49.10

5

Kris Sandlin

Franklin

26:51.21

6

Kirk Saunders

Anderson

26:56.06

7

Calvin Cook

Manchester

26:58.54

8

Curtis Nordmann

Manchester

27:01.58

9

Jay Druba

Franklin

27:01.88

10

Brandon Litz

Franklin

27:06.43

11

Stuart West

Rose-Hulman

27:07.45

12

Eric Linn

Anderson

27:10.07

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Place

Name

School

Time

13

Emby Duncan

Anderson

27:14.41

14

Matt St. Amour

Anderson

27:16.16

15

Marc St. Amour

Anderson

27:17.48

16

Jon Caffarelli

Manchester

27:20.81

17

Justin Perkins

Defiance

27:23.95

18

Clayton Harlan

Manchester

27:32.09

19

Josh Hojnacki

Rose-Hulman

27:41.26

20

Josh Hilton

Defiance

27:42.58

 

All-Sportsmanship Team

Name

Year

School

Kevin Ikerd

So.

Anderson

Andrew Chaffee

Sr.

Bluffton

Aaron Fraley

Sr.

Defiance

Robert Lugg

Sr.

Earlham

Jay Druba

Sr.

Franklin

Nate Kremer-Herman

Fr.

Hanover

Curtis Nordmann

So.

Manchester

Sean Wiwi

So.

Mount St. Joseph

Chad Braun

Sr.

Rose-Hulman

Stephen Hall

Fr.

Transylvania