August 26, 2013

Manchester Selected by Coaches to Capture Fifth-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 2013 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 89 points and the final first place vote.  Franklin College placed third in the poll with 81 points, while Defiance College finished fourth with 70 points.  Bluffton University finished fifth with 57 points and was followed by Hanover College (52 points), Anderson University (42), Earlham College (30), College of Mount St. Joseph (16), and Transylvania University (14).

Manchester captured its fourth consecutive HCAC cross country championship last fall and returns five runners that earned First-Team All-HCAC honors.  Senior Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) placed 2nd overall at the conference meet last fall, while seniors Jon Caffarelli (Lansing, Ill./Marion Catholic), Chris Lafree (South Bend, Ind./Riley), and Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind./H.S.) placed sixth, seventh, and eighth.  Senior Clayton Harlan (Terre Haute, Ind./South) also earned All-HCAC honors with an 11th place finish.  The five runners will strive to pace the Spartans at the HCAC championship in November.

Rose-Hulman finished second behind Manchester last season at the conference meet.  The Engineers return a First-Team All-HCAC member and an honorable mention selection from last season.  Junior Stuart West (La Porte, Ind./H.S.) earned a 12th place finish to lead the Engineers effort at the championship event.  Senior Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) will try to earn First-Team All-HCAC honors this fall after earning honorable mention honors in 2012.

Franklin College placed third at last year’s meet after a fourth place finish in 2011.  The blue and gold will turn to HCAC MVP Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.) to pace the squad once again.  Sandlin earned the individual title at the 2012 meet and will look for a second consecutive title this fall. 

The 2013 HCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship is set for Saturday, November 2 at Defiance College.

The 2013 men’s cross country season is set to begin on August 31.

Runners to Watch

 

Anderson

Sam Bayliss

Sophomore

Anderson, Ind./Pendleton Heights

 
 
 

Neal Tardy

Sophomore

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Jeremiah Stichter

Senior

Winona Lake, Ind./Warsaw

 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Colin McCloskey

Sophomore

Sylvania, Ohio/Northview

 
 
 

Zach Smith

Sophomore

West Unity, Ohio/Hilltop

 
 

Martin Russ

Senior

Rocky River, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Madison Murphy

Senior

Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington

 
 
 

Joe Davis

Senior

Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario

 
 

Adam Grillot

Senior

Houston, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Simon Conrad

Senior

Washington, DC/Edmund Burke

 
 
 

Gabriel Penk

Freshman

Portland, Ore./Woodrow Wilson

 
 

Paul Maxson

Freshman

Philadelphia, Penn./Germantown Friends

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Kris Sandlin

Senior

Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

Leighton Gough

Senior

Connersville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Zach Powell

Senior

Greensburg, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Logan Wells

Junior

Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.


 

Ben Franke

Sophomore

Seymour, Ind./H.S.


Brendan Kelly

Senior

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central


 
 
 

Manchester

Michael Stocker

Senior

Yorktown, Ind./H.S.


 

Chris Lafree

Senior

South Bend, Ind./Riley


Curtis Nordmann

Senior

Bourbon, Ind./Triton


Jon Caffarelli

Senior

Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic


 

Clayton Harlan

Senior

Terre Haute, Ind./South


 

Jordan Collins

Senior

Yorktown, Ind./H.S.


 
 
 
 

The Mount

Bret Dwenger

Freshman

Sunman, Ind./East Central


 

Alex Griffin

Freshman

Cleves, Ohio/Taylor


Hayden Sharp

Freshman

Wyoming, Ohio/H.S.


 

Rose-Hulman

Andrew Thompson

Senior

Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills


 

Stuart West

Junior

LaPorte, Ind./H.S.


 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Chris Saldana

Sophomore

Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier


 

Kyle Sprague

Freshman

Lexington, Ky./Paul Dunbar


Alex Czujko

Freshman

Olney, Mary./Our Lady of Good Council