October 27, 2012

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

Results (Team / Individual)

Photos (coming soon)

BLUFFTON, OH Manchester University’s men’s cross country team captured their fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship on October 27. The Spartans claimed five of the top 10 individual places en route to posting a score of 27 at the meet held at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Franklin College junior Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind.) won the individual title for the first time in his career. Sandlin finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 26:11.9.  His effort was 17 seconds faster than second-place finisher Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind.) of Manchester.  Sandlin was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for his performance.

Nordmann joined Sandlin on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. Manchester placed five runners on the team Saturday, including Zeth Baker (Waterloo, Ind.), Jon Caffarelli (Lansing, Ill.), Chris Lafree (South Bend, Ind.), Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind.) and Clayton Harlan (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Kevin Stewart (Springfield, Ohio) of Bluffton was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing 20th overall with a time of 27:39.8.

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Rose-Hulman with a score of 83. Franklin placed third with a score of 97 and was followed by Defiance (117) in fourth position. Bluffton (123), Hanover (124), Anderson (140), Earlham (238), Mount St. Joseph (290), and Transylvania (309) rounded out the team standings. 

Defiance’s Joe Davis (Mansfield, Ohio) and Hayden Krick (Antwerp, Ohio), Anderson’s Eric Linn (Macy, Ind.), Hanover’s Logan Wells (Scottsburg, Ind.), and Rose-Hulman’s Stuart West (LaPorte, 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:  Kris Sandlin, Franklin College

Freshman of the Year: Kevin Stewart, Bluffton University

Coach of the Year: Brian Cashdollar, Manchester University

Team Scores

School

Total

1

2

3

4

5

*6

*7

Manchester                 

27

2

4

6

7

8

11

19

Rose-Hulman

83

12

13

14

21

23

27

29

Franklin

97

1

15

16

32

33

40

41

Defiance

117

3

9

28

38

39

45

48

Bluffton

123

18

20

24

30

31

46

54

Hanover

124

10

17

26

35

36

43

44

Anderson

140

5

22

34

37

42

47

50

Earlham

238

25

49

51

56

57

59

60

Mount St. Joseph

290

52

53

58

62

65

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Transylvania

309

55

61

63

64

66

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All-Conference

Place

Name

School

Time

1

Kris Sandlin

Franklin

26:11.9

2

Curtis Nordmann

Manchester

26:28.9

3

Joe Davis

Defiance

26:38.0

4

Zeth Baker

Manchester

26:41.2

5

Eric Linn

Anderson

26:46.7

6

Jon Caffarelli

Manchester

26:48.6

7

Chris Lafree

Manchester

26:51.3

8

Michael Stocker

Manchester

26:51.5

9

Hayden Krick

Defiance

26:52.3

10

Logan Wells

Hanover

26:58.8

11

Clayton Harlan

Manchester

27:00.5

12

Stuart West

Rose-Hulman

27:12.2

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Place

Name

School

Time

13

Andrew Thompson

Rose-Hulman

27:23.4

14

Josh Hojnacki

Rose-Hulman

27:24.7

15

Leighton Gough

Franklin

27:27.8

16

Blake Albrecht

Franklin

27:28.6

17

Brendan Kelly

Hanover

27:34.5

18

Ryan Schadewald

Bluffton

27:35.5

19

Jordan Collins

Manchester

27:37.5

20

Kevin Stewart

Bluffton

27:39.8

 

All-Sportsmanship Team

Name

Year

School

Patrick Smith

Jr.

Anderson

Christopher Arnold

Sr.

Bluffton

Hayden Krick

Sr.

Defiance

Robbie Lane

Jr.

Earlham

Leighton Gough

Jr.

Franklin

Brock Harkness

Sr.

Hanover

Jordan Collins

Jr.

Manchester

Jon Mathis

Jr.

Mount St. Joseph

Robbie Mayhew

Jr.

Rose-Hulman

Chris Saldana

Fr.

Transylvania