Veteran squads set for season opener

Veteran squads set for season opener

It's the first of seven regular season dates for Manchester University's men's and women's teams Friday, Jan. 13, as they compete at the Rose-Hulman Duals.

Meet details: Field events begin at 6 p.m. with running events slated for a 6:15 p.m. first gun inside Rose-Hulman's Sports and Recreation Center … Live results can be tracked via a link at, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Brian Cashdollar's men's squad has six individuals returning as top five place-winners from the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The sextet of senior jumps specialist Ramsen Bet-Nimrod (Rochester, Ind.), junior sprinter Harrison Hollis (Lebanon, Ind.) and senior distance runners Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.), Thomas Dean (Bremen, Ind.), Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.), Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and Riley Worl (Russiaville, Ind.) each helped lead last season's team to a fifth-place points' effort at Defiance College. Bet-Nimrod is a returning conference runner-up in the high jump, while Hollis took third in the 60 last winter … The Black and Gold women's squad has talent and plenty of it returning. Looking to extend a remarkable streak in which Manchester University has won every conference title in cross country and track and field since the 2015 cross country championships were competed, a span of four successive titles for the three programs combined, a senior trio of distance runners Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind.) and thrower Shay Aator (West Lafayette, Ind.) headline the 2017 group. Aator and Jordan collected a total of three individual conference championships last season with Jordan sweeping the 3000 and 5000 meter races, and Aator winning the 20-pound weight throw. Harber added a pair of third-place marks in the 3000 and 5000 meters, running near the front with her classmate. Looking closer at the squad's resume, junior jumps specialist Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) is a returning league runner-up in the pole vault; sophomore sprinter Dasia Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.) took home three top five finishes in the 60 and 200 meter individual events and joined Keller, fellow sophomore Brianna Jondle (Elkhart, Ind.) and junior Olivia Jenks (Elkhart, Ind.) for a third-place mark in the 4x200 meter relay; and the junior throws duo of Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) and Kara Brueckman (Crown Point, Ind.) were among the league's best throughout their sophomore seasons … Due to its returning talent and depth, MU's women's program cracked the preseason Division III top 100 rankings released earlier this week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Spartans debuted at No. 93.

Angola Visit: MU is among the field of the Trine University Keith Turner Alumni Invitational Saturday, Jan. 21.

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