LOUISVILLE, KY. – Senior Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) kept her remarkable string of consecutive meets as the low finisher for Manchester University's women's program intact, while fellow seniors Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) and Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.) placed in the top 50 to top the men's efforts at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Oct. 1.
Testing their mettle against the best NCAA Division III had to offer during the annual pre-national event, held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park due to their hosting the national meet next month, MU's women registered a 326-point total for a spot in the Silver race's top 10. Coach Geoff Lambert's squad was the lowest-placing Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team and trailed only DePauw University among Great Lakes region programs. Jordan, in route to her 23rd successive event as the top individual, clocked a 22:16.03 for 15th and was followed by senior Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind.) (66th – 23:31.44) and freshman Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) (70th – 23:34.23) as the Spartans' top three.
Gudeman, running to 40th in 26:02.38, and Bresnahan, ending 48th in 26:12.79, led the Spartans' men's team to a 15th-place finish. MU totaled 459 points as the top placing league school. Another member of MU's Class of 2016, Thomas Dean (Bremen, Ind.), was the third-lowest finisher for Manchester University, winding up 92nd (26:53.25).
The Black and Gold break from competition to train for Oberlin College of Ohio's Interregional Rumble Saturday, Oct. 15.