Harris set for nationals opportunity

Harris set for nationals opportunity

Senior Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) represents Manchester University at the 2017 NCAA Division III cross country Championships Saturday, Nov. 18.

Meet details: The men's 8K starts at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (11 a.m. CST) at Principia College's North Farm cross country course in Elsah, Ill. … Live results, video and more are accessible via the national championships' website at http://www.principiaathletics.com/sports/2017/8/22/2017-ncaa-diii-cross-country-national-championships.aspx ... Harris' berth marks the first time a Spartans' men's athlete has been in the national field since 2013, but Manchester University is a commonplace site at the championships qualifying at least one individual in nine of the last ten years … MU's best individual finish at nationals was 85th by former standout Andy Williams in 2009.

Spartan Shorts: While a durable finish is what Coach Geoff Lambert's competitor is hoping for, he also sees the bigger picture with the national meet opportunity. "It means I have another week to be an MU runner," he said. "That's fun for me. I love that I get to represent the school, my teammates and the program (at the meet). Being a part (of Manchester University cross country) has meant the world to me. I've grown so much being a part of it as a runner and more importantly as a person. I feel so thankful for my experience, and everyone that helped make it possible." … Harris' season resume is an impressive one. He's the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference individual champion; an all-region honoree after placing 11th at the Great Lakes meet last weekend as the highest finishing league individual by 17 spots; was a runner-up in the small school section of the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships; and was the second-highest finishing NCAA Division III runner in the small school Greater Louisville Classic event.