MU Selected by Coaches to Capture Fourth-Straight HCAC Men’s Cross Country Crown

GREENWOOD, IN – Manchester University’s men’s cross country team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Spartans received 99 total points and nine first place votes. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will strive for its first title, as the Engineers totaled 84 points.  Franklin College placed third in the poll with 75 points and Anderson University finished fourth with 74 points.  Defiance College finished fifth with 68 points (one first place vote) and was followed by Hanover College (47 points), Earlham College (42), Bluffton University (28), College of Mount St. Joseph (17), and Transylvania University (16).

Manchester captured its third consecutive HCAC cross country championship last fall and returns three runners that earned First-Team All-HCAC honors.  Junior Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind./H.S.) placed 3rd overall at the conference meet last fall, while senior Calvin Cook (Plymouth, Ind./H.S.) and junior Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) earned a seventh and eighth place finish.  The trio will strive to pace the Spartans at the HCAC championship in late October.  The Spartans will open the season ranked No. 3 in the Great Lakes Region.

2012 HCAC Preseason Poll

Team

Points

Manchester

99 (9)

Rose-Hulman

84

Franklin

75

Anderson

74

Defiance

68 (1)

Hanover

47

Earlham

42

Bluffton

28

Mount St. Joseph

17

Transylvania

16

Rose-Hulman finished third behind Manchester and Anderson last season at the conference meet.  The Engineers return a First-Team All-HCAC member and an Honorable Mention selection from last season.  Sophomore Stuart West (La Porte, Ind./H.S.) earned an 11th place finish to earn Freshman of the Year honors.  Sophomore Josh Hojnacki (La Porte, Ind./H.S.) will try to earn First-Team All-HCAC honors this fall after earning Honorable Mention honors in 2011.

Franklin College placed fourth at last year’s meet after a second place finish in 2010.  The blue and gold will turn to First-Team All-HCAC honoree Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.) to pace the squad.  Sandlin earned a fifth place finish at the 2011 meet and will look to move up the standings this fall. 

The 2012 HCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship is set for Saturday, October 27.  The event will be hosted by Bluffton University.

The 2012 men’s cross country season is set to begin on September 1.

 

Runners to Watch

 

Anderson

Eric Linn

Senior

Macy, Ind./North Miami

 
 
 

Ryan Daugherty

Senior

Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central

 
 

Jeremiah Stichter

Sophomore

Winona Lake, Ind./Warsaw

 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Ryan Schadewald

Sophomore

Lima, Ohio/Bath

 
 
 

Zach Smith

Freshman

West Unity, Ohio/Hilltop

 
 

Martin Russ

Junior

Rocky River, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Hayden Krick

Senior

Hicksville, Ohio/Antwerp

 
 
 

Joe Davis

Junior

Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario

 
 

Josh Hilton

Sophomore

Antwerp, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Simon Conrad

Junior

Washington, DC/Edmund Burke

 
 
 

Michael Grathwohl

Sophomore

Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill

 
 

Charlie Boyd

Junior

Wilmette, Ill./New Trier

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Kris Sandlin

Junior

Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

Leighton Gough

Junior

Connersville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Blake Albrecht

Sophomore

Washington, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Logan Wells

Sophomore

Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.


 

Brock Harkness

Senior

Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central


Jason Holcomb

Junior

Sellersburg, Ind./New Albany


 
 
 

Manchester

Michael Stocker

Junior

Yorktown, Ind./H.S.


 

Calvin Cook

Senior

Plymouth, Ind./H.S.


Curtis Nordmann

Junior

Bourbon, Ind./Triton


Jon Caffarelli

Junior

Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic


 

Clayton Harlan

Junior

Terre Haute, Ind./South


 
 
 
 

The Mount

Jon Mathis

Junior

Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon


 

Chris Klaine

Junior

Cincinnati, Ohio/Taylor


Tony Knox

Sophomore

Millersport, Ohio/Fisher Catholic


 

 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Andrew Thompson

Junior

Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills


 

Josh Hojnacki

Sophomore

LaPorte, Ind./H.S.


 

Stuart West

Sophomore

LaPorte, Ind./H.S.


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Chris Saldana

Freshman

Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier


 

Jordan Evans

Senior

Paris, Ky./Bourbon Co.


Shane Metzger

Sophomore

Lexington, Ky./Catholic