GREENWOOD, Ind. – Manchester University's women's cross country team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Spartans tallied 98 points and eight first place votes in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches.
Bluffton University finished in second, collecting 83 points and two first place votes, while Hanover College placed third in the poll with 79 points. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished fourth with 75 points and was followed by Earlham College (55 points), Anderson University (54), Franklin College (39), Transylvania University (30), Defiance College (20), and Mount St. Joseph University (17).
Manchester University earned its sixth HCAC cross country championship last season. The Spartans totaled 22 points and held off second place Bluffton by 42 points. The Spartans return two first-team All-HCAC selections from last season's team. Sophomore Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) earned All-HCAC honors with a third place finish for the Spartans. Sophomore Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind. / Tri-County) finished fourth for Manchester last fall.
Bluffton University placed second at last year's HCAC cross country championship last season with a total of 64 points. The Beavers return one first-team All-HCAC selection and two honorable mention selections from last season. Junior Devony Miller (Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton) led the Beavers with an 11th place finish. Sophomore Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich. / Lake Fenton) finished 13th, while senior Alissa Hauke (Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro) finished 18th for Bluffton.
Hanover College totaled 99 points for a third place finish in last season's HCAC cross country championship. Hanover will look to rebuild their team for the upcoming season after graduating one first-team selection and two honorable mention honorees last fall.
The 2017 HCAC Women's Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Manchester University on Saturday, October 28.
The 2017 women's cross country season is set to begin on September 2.
Runners to Watch
|Anderson||Ashley King||Senior||Plainfield, Ind. / Covenant Christian|
|Tess Wise||Junior||Lynn, Ind. / Randolph Southern|
|Kayla Medaris||Senior||New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine|
|Bluffton||Alexis Cash||Sophomore||Gaines, Mich. / Lake Fenton|
|Jennie Matteson||Junior||Guysville, Ohio / Alexander|
|Alissa Hauke||Senior||Hillsboro, Ohio / Hillsboro|
|Defiance||Aaron Textor||Senior||Swanton, Ohio / Swanton|
|Olivia Fett||Junior||Defiance, Ohio / Defiance|
|Kenna Bell||Freshman||Piqua, Ohio / Piqua|
|Earlham||Rachel Wilkins||Junior||Oakland City, Ind. / Wood Memorial|
|Ellie Haland||Freshman||Afton, Minn. / Math & Science Academy|
|Mairead Blatner||Freshman||Northampton, Mass. / Northampton|
|Franklin||Grace Esterline||Freshman||Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg|
|Meghan Yencer||Junior||Poneto, Ind. / Southern Wells|
|Rachel Bowden||Senior||New Albany, Ind. / New Albany|
|Hanover||Morgan Hamilton||Junior||Connersville, Ind. / Connersville|
|Amanda Stump||Junior||Garrett, Ind. / Garrett|
|Manchester||Hannah Wappes||Sophomore||Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City|
|Emily Ewen||Sophomore||Wolcott, Ind. / Tri County|
|MSJ||Maria Waters||Junior||Cincinnati, Ohio / Mercy|
|Vanessa Cappel||Freshman||Cincinnati, Ohio / Princeton|
|Rose-Hulman||Camille Blaisdell||Senior||Barrington, Ill. / Barrington|
|Emma Ross||Senior||Connersville, Ind. / Connersville|
|Kally Morozin||Junior||Libertyville, Ill. / Carmel Catholic|
|Transylvania||Elizabeth Deaton||Senior||Tuscon, Ariz. / Pima CC|
|Sadie Middleton||Junior||Bardstown, Ky. / Thomas Nelson|
|Rebecca Facktor||Junior||Louisville, Ky. / Ballard|