November 11, 2012

Manchester Men's Squad Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Manchester College's men's cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Cross Country championships following their fourth place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday.

Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) finished eighth overall with a time of 25:22.58 Saturday.  Jon Cafarelli (Lansing, Ill.) finished 23rd with a time of 25:52.76 and Chris LaFree (South Bend, Ind.) placed 28th to earn All-Region honors.

It is the third time in the last four years that Coach Brian Cashdollar's squad will represent the HCAC at the national meet. The Spartans placed 30th a year ago at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Oshkosh, Wis., and finished 26th in 2009 at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Mount St. Joseph's Amanda Shelby (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) earned an individual at-large spot in the women's national championship meet.  Shelby placed 15th at the Great Lakes Regional last weekend.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will serve as hosts for the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships on November 17.

The LaVern Gibson Championship Course served as the site for eight consecutive NCAA Division I Championships from 2004-11.  In 2012, the Division I meet will move to Louisville, providing Rose-Hulman an opportunity to host the Division III event.  

More than 550 student-athletes are expected to compete in the two championship races.  Thirty-two teams and 56 individual runners will fill the field for both the men's and women's races.

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