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

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

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