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

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.

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