TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Manchester University men's cross country team captured the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country title on Sunday afternoon after an outstanding performance at the LaVern Gibson National Course. The men earned their first HCAC championship since 2016.
Manchester beat out Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a highly competitive race as just three points separated the Spartans and Engineers.
Junior Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) captured the HCAC individual title on Sunday, claiming first place with a time of 26:41, nearly 10 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Senior Sam Barnard (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina Memorial) placed sixth overall at the HCAC Championships with a time of 27:06. Freshman Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was the third Spartan to cross the finish line on Sunday, finishing in 10th place with a time of 27:21.
Senior Daniel Baker (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) registered a top-15 finish, finishing in 13th place with an overall time of 27:24. Cameron Walton (Indianapolis, Ind./Cardinal Ritter) placed 16th with a time 27:45.
Fontanez, Barnard, and Salazar all earned All-HCAC honors on Sunday afternoon. Fontanez was the HCAC MVP while Salazar was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. Both Baker and Walton garnered Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors after their performances.
Leading the Spartans to their seventh HCAC title, Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Brian Cashdollar was named the HCAC Coach of the Year.