TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Manchester University women's cross country team won its fourth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championship in the last five years on Sunday afternoon at the LaVern Gibson National Course.
The Spartans led the field with 27 points. Hanover College placed second with 45 points.
Senior Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) ran away with the HCAC individual title on Sunday, crossing the finish line with a time of 22:50. Wappes finished 23 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Junior Ana Acevedo (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) placed third overall at the HCAC Championships with a time of 24:00.
Manchester added three more top 10 finishes as Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind./Tri-County) placed fifth with a time of 24:21, Emily Lynn (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) finished eighth with a time 24:48, and Sydney Young (Patoka, Ind./Princeton) placed 10th with a time of 24:54.
All five Spartans garnered All-HCAC honors for their performances on Sunday, with Wappes earning HCAC MVP honors. MU also placed one runner on the Honorable Mention All-HCAC team as sophomore Dinah Gilbert (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) placed 18th with a time of 25:47.
Leading the Spartans to their eighth HCAC title, Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Brian Cashdollar was named the HCAC Coach of the Year.