NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Fans in attendance at Manchester University's 2018-19 academic year first home athletic event left with plenty to smile about and look forward to Friday, August 31.
Head coach Geoff Lambert's men's and women's cross country teams tallied a pair of top-three team finishes at the annual Hokum Karem event on the institution's athletic grounds. The women's team picked as the preseason Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference favorites, tallied nine points to hold off National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school the University of St. Francis by five for the championship. MU's men turned in 26 points, as Huntington University, another NAIA program, and USF went one-two (eight/14).
The junior duo of Daniel Baker (Okemos, Mich.) and Cameron Kimmell (Michigantown, Ind.) led the Black and Gold, placing sixth with a time of 42:56.1. Junior Sam Barnard (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Dylan Olson (Valparaiso, Ind.) also added a first 10 finish, taking ninth (43:49.9).
Manchester University's women registered three of the top four individual marks. Junior standout Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) got her third season in a Spartans' uniform off to a flying start, earning the Fastest Lap honor (5:38.4) as she and freshman Brandy Tuttle (Eaton, Ind.) were runners-up (37:14.6). Freshman Kelsey Tyler (Rochester, Ind.) and sophomore Hayley Musser (Oxford, Ind.) wound up third (37:47.8), and senior Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind.) and junior Ana Acevedo (Chesterton, Ind.) placed fourth (38:02.1).
MU's schedule continues Saturday, Sept. 15, with a slight change. They are hosting the inaugural Blue River Invitational at Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Ind., as the previously-scheduled Indiana Intercollegiate Championships were canceled.