LOUISVILLE, KY. – Running against some of the best NCAA Division III, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Junior College Athletic Association had to offer, Manchester University managed to cross the finish line with strong results at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Sept. 30.
Senior Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) traversed the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer course in a personal collegiate best 25:45.6, putting his name in the program's all-time 8K top 20. His clocking left him third as the second-highest placing Division III runner and was the high-water mark for the Black and Gold's team point total (421). Freshman Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind.) was second in line for Coach Geoff Lambert's squad, winding up just three spots shy of the first 50 (27:32.23).
The Black and Gold's women's team worked itself through the field to tie for 10th (336 pts.). Sophomore Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) recorded a program top 20 fastest 5K of 19:19.1 in route to a seventh-place finish line crossing as the top Division III individual. Junior Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind) was also among the first 25 to complete the course, placing 21st (19:49.54).
Manchester University concludes its pre-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships slate Saturday, Oct. 14. The men's and women's teams are part of the fields at Oberlin College of Ohio's Interregional Rumble.