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

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


Results (Team / Individual)

DEFIANCE, OH Manchester University’s men’s cross country team captured their fifth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship Saturday afternoon. The Spartans claimed six of the top 10 individual places en route to posting a score of 22 at the meet held at Defiance College.

Manchester University senior Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind.) won the individual title for the first time in his career. Nordmann finished the 8K course on Saturday afternoon in a time of 25:46.5.  Nordmann was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for his performance.

Nordmann earned a spot on the All-HCAC team which is awarded to the top 12 finishers. Manchester placed six runners on the team Saturday, including Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind.), Jon Caffarelli (Lansing, Ill.), Chris LaFree (South Bend, Ind.), Clayton Harlan (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.).

Gudeman of Manchester was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He was the top finishing freshman at the meet placing 10th overall with a time of 26:46.5.

Finishing in second place in the team standings was Rose-Hulman with a score of 60. Bluffton placed third with a score of 92 and was followed by Hanover (133) in fourth position. Defiance (137), Anderson (148), Franklin (150), Earlham (191), Transylvania (286), and Mount St. Joseph (313) rounded out the team standings. 

Rose-Hulman’s Stuart West (LaPorte, Ind.) and Ryan Meyer (Greenwood, Ind.), Bluffton’s Colin McCloskey (Sylvania, Ohio) and Jack Fisher (Norwalk, Ohio), Hanover’s Logan Wells (Scottsburg, Ind.), and Defiance’s Joe Davis (Mansfield, Ohio) 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.

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