Manchester University, Rose-Hulman, Washington University of Missouri, Indiana State University and Illinois State University converge on R-H's Sports and Recreation Center in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, Jan. 12.
Meet details: Competition begins at 6 p.m. … Live results are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Friday marks the first of two January events for the Spartans' men's and women's squads. They are also scheduled to be in the field at Trine University's Keith Turner Alumni Invitational Saturday, Jan. 20 … Coach Brian Cashdollar's men have a strong sprint corps returning guided by senior Harrison Hollis (Lebanon, Ind.) who finished in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's 60-meter top five a year ago. He wound up with a glowing cadre of 10 top five race efforts over his junior year. The sophomore class adds to the strength, as Austin Roberts (Indianapolis, Ind.) and De'Lon Barnes (Los Angeles, Calif.) each picked up similar finishes, while Roberts will also be among the leaders in the field events after claiming an event title as a freshman. The junior combination of Austin Coughlin (Fairland, Ind.) and Tyler Pruitt (Springfield, Ohio) each turned in impressive previous season resumes in the sprints, too … For the Black and Gold women's team, there is experience around the roster. In the sprints, a quartet consisting of juniors Dasia Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.); Brianna Jondle (Elkhart, Ind.); Jade Bollett (Auburn, Ind.) and senior Paige Keller (Greenville, Ind.), are the centerpiece. Beck, who will be among the jumps crew leaders, was part of four third-place league placings and claimed a total of four event championships over her sophomore season; Bollett claimed an individual event title a year ago; Jondle found herself part of the podium top three four times; and Keller, who also looks to pay dividends in the jumps as a stalwart in the pole vault and long jump, was among the top three eight times as a junior which included two event championships. In the distance races, sophomores Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.), Emily Lynn (North Manchester, Ind.) and Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind.) add to junior Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind.) and senior Shelby Harrell (Plymouth, Ind.) for a strong base to build on. Ewen, Lynn, Qureshi and Wappes each gained all-conference cross country awards this past fall, while Harrell has had past success in both disciplines over her career. While there is plenty of talent in the jumps section of the field events, the throwers can also produce points. Seniors Kara Brueckman (Crown Point, Ind.), Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) and Whitney White (Portage, Ind.) found themselves among top marks at many 2017 meets.