Manchester Strides for Repeat at HCAC Cross Country Championships

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GREENWOOD, IN – The HCAC men’s and women’s cross country championships will take place Saturday, October 30 at Falling Springs Park in Versailles, Kentucky.  Manchester will be looking to claim the school’s second straight men’s and women’s conference championship at the event hosted by Transylvania University.  Franklin and Rose-Hulman look to challenge the Spartans on the men’s side this weekend, while Hanover and Franklin look to challenge in the women’s race.

The Spartans have been led by Braden Nelson (Angola, Ind.) this season after losing Andy Williams (1st at HCAC in 2008 & 2009) to graduation.  Nelson placed tenth among 238 runners at the Lansing Invitational for his most impressive showing this fall (25:35).

The black and gold did not fare well against Franklin when they met on the course this season.  Manchester finished behind Franklin at the Indiana Intercollegiate, placing one spot behind the Grizzlies.  Franklin placed third at the event with Manchester finishing fourth and Rose-Hulman earning a seventh place finish.

The Grizzlies will be paced by senior Kevin Martin (Mitchell, Ind.).  Martin has paced FC at four meets this fall, posting a season-best performance at the Wilmington Fall Classic with a 10th place finish among 329 runners (25:33).  Martin earned the conference’s Runner of the Week award twice this fall, including a second place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate (26:09).

Rose-Hulman’s Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville, Ind.) has been running well this season for the Engineers.  The senior finished a HCAC-best seventh overall at the Wilmington Fall Classic with a time of 25:24 a few weeks ago.

The Manchester women have been impressive this fall and enter Saturday’s championship as the favorite to repeat.  The Spartans fared well against conference competition this fall, leading the conference field at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet.  The black and gold earned team titles at the Manchester Hokum Karem and the Manchester Invitational this fall, while finishing second at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet.

Manchester has been paced this fall by the tandem of Megan Miller (Goshen, Ind.) and Jessica Bremer (Howe, Ind.).  Miller was the top Manchester finisher at Ohio Wesleyan (21st of 238) and the Indiana Intercollegiate (3rd of 107), while Bremer posted the top 5K time by a Spartan this season with an 18th place finish at the Lansing Invitational (19:00).

Franklin’s Heather Waterman (Shelbyville, Ind.) has been dominant this fall, earning the conference’s Runner of the Week award five times.  Waterman is the defending HCAC champion and earned the individual titles at the Wilmington Fall Classic (18:14; meet record), Indiana Intercollegiate (18:19), Hanover Invitational (18:53), and Franklin’s Grizzly Invitational (18:19).  The senior also set a Franklin school record with a second place finish at the Greater Louisville Fall Classic, finishing with a time of 18:07.

Hanover’s Shawna McLetchie (Lexington, Ky.) has paced the Panthers this fall and will look to crack the top 12 this weekend.  The senior has been the top Hanover finisher in all five meets this fall with her top performance being at the Wilmington Fall Classic.  McLetchie finished 36th among the 318 competitors with a time of 19:48.

The top 12 finishers on the men’s and women’s side will be named All-HCAC, while the top freshman finisher will be named Freshman of the Year.  Individuals who finish 13th through 20th at the conference meet will be named Honorable Mention All-HCAC.

The women will compete on a 6K course Saturday while the men will run the 8K course.  Action will get underway from Kentucky at 11 AM.