Gudeman title spotlights HCAC efforts

Gudeman title spotlights HCAC efforts

TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Manchester University parlayed three top five event marks in route to a similar team finish at the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Feb. 18.

Senior distance runner Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) topped those endings, winning the 3000 meters in a HCAC Championships' record of 8:49.38. He led three Spartans placing in the top seven, as fellow senior Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished fourth on the track of Rose-Hulman's Fieldhouse in 9:06.54, and classmate Thomas Dean (Bremen, Ind.) wound up seventh (9:08.69). Gudeman's clocking, the third-fastest time in MU history, insured his first indoor conference event title.

The remaining top five marks for Coach Brian Cashdollar's squad also occurred on the track. Junior sprinter Harrison Hollis (Lebanon, Ind.), after recording the second-quickest 60-meter dash preliminary time (7.08 seconds), finished fourth in the finals (7.11 seconds). Harris added to his afternoon with a fifth-place crossing in the 5000 (15:46.86).

MU's 51 points left them fifth on the team standings. Perennial league power Rose-Hulman dominated the field again with 247.5, besting second-place Anderson University by more than 150.

Manchester University continues its 2017 campaign Saturday, Feb. 25. They're part of the field for Anderson University's Fred Wilt Invitational.