OBERLIN, Ohio - The Manchester University men's cross country team competed in the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College on Saturday October 19. Saturday's meet was the final tune up for the Spartans before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which will take place on Sunday November 3.
The men placed 18th out of 39 teams in a field that featured some of the best NCAA Division III cross country programs in the entire nation.
Leading the way for MU was Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind./Lowell). Fontanez placed 55th out of 339 runners, crossing the finish line with a time of 25:52.2. Fontanez's time was a new personal record and was the 21st fastest time in program history.
Sam Barnard (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina Memorial) also had a career day as he posted a time of 26:07.4. Barnard's time shattered his previous career mark by nearly 40 seconds. His time on Saturday morning ranks as the 28th fastest all-time at Manchester.
Senior Daniel Baker finished right behind Barnard, clocking in a time of 26:12.8. Baker's time was also a new PR and moved him up one spot from 30th to 29th on the MU all-time top 50 list.
Other Spartans setting new personal records in the varsity race included Cameron Walton (Indianapolis, Ind./Cardinal Ritter), Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), and Kole Kelley (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont).