Manchester Track and Field Comes Home 3rd at 2019 HCAC Championships

Manchester Track and Field Comes Home 3rd at 2019 HCAC Championships

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Both the Manchester men's and women's outdoor track and field teams finished third on Saturday at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mount St. Joseph University. 

Hanover College took home first honors on Saturday on the women's side after totaling 179 points.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed second with 122 points.  Manchester edged out Earlham College by two points (96-94) to round out the top three spots.

The Rose-Hulman men's team won its 12th consecutive HCAC outdoor team championship after leading the field with 240 points.  Hanover placed second with 152 points and Manchester finished third with 63 points.  Earlham finished fourth with 60 points.

Final Standings

  • Women                                  Men
  • 1. Hanover – 179                    Rose-Hulman - 240
  • 2. Rose-Hulman – 122             Hanover - 152
  • 3. Manchester – 96               Manchester - 63
  • 4. Earlham – 94                      Earlham - 60
  • 5. Anderson - 79                     Mount St. Joseph - 51
  • 6. Transylvania – 60                Transylvania - 49
  • 7. Mount St. Joseph – 56         Bluffton - 49
  • 8. Bluffton – 53                       Defiance - 43
  • 9. Franklin – 28                       Anderson - 34
  • 10. Defiance – 12                    Franklin - 28

Highlights:

The Manchester University women's team had three individuals win HCAC titles.  On Friday night, both Laina Boggs (Frankfurt, Ind. / Frankfurt) and Tara Conley (Knox, Ind. / Knox) earned individual titles in the shot put and discus events.  Boggs led the women's shot put with a top throw of 40" 1 1/4" (12.22 meters).  Conley took home first-place in the discus with a top hurl of 127' 0" (38.70m).  Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) won the third event for Manchester this weekend after winning the 1500m with a time of 4:48.11.  Wappes beat out Earlham's Ellie Halland by just under two tenths of a second.

The Manchester women also had three runner-up finishes at the 2019 HCAC Championships.  Senior Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) placed second in the 5000m, crossing the finish line in 18:30.91.  Qureshi also added a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase on Friday evening.  Ana Acevedo (Chesterton, Ind. / Chesterton) finished just behind Earlham's Ellie Halland in the 800m. Acevedo finished with a time of 2:22.85.  Halland won the event by six tenths of a second.  Hannah Wappes placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:23.24.  The final runner-up finish for the Spartans came in the hammer throw.  Austin Jones (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) had the second-best distance in the event at 152' 1" (46.35m).

The women's javelin throw on Saturday was highlighted by a third-place finish for Laina Boggs.  Boggs finished with a throw of 104' 11" (31.97m)

The men's weekend featured a pair of runner-up and third-place finishes.  On Friday evening, Samuel Barnard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Scecina Memorial) finished second in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:45.33.  Daniel Baker (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) placed third in the 10,000m following a time of 32.34.67.  Alex Sanders (Kouts, Ind. / Kouts) earned a third-place finish in the men's pole vault, clearing a height of 13' 11 1/4" (4.35m).  Sophomore Brian Hochstetler (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) placed fourth in the shot put.

On Saturday, the 4-x-100 meter relay team of Austin Coughlin, Travis Murr, Harrison Hollis, and Zacariaous Presha placed second in a highly competitive field with a time of 43.40. Landon Balch (Rensselaer, Ind. / Rensselaer) placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 5' 7" (1.74m).

Individuals from the Manchester track teams will return to action on Friday May 3 at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational.