HOLLAND, MICH. – Manchester University’s 2016 men’s and women’s cross country campaigns continued their steady crescendo Saturday, Nov. 12.
Senior women’s runner Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.), sporting an already full resume of honors, added two more. Her fifth-place finish at West Ottawa Golf Club earned her a remarkable fourth all-United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes regional honor but, on an even higher level, it placed her in the NCAA Division III national meet for a second straight season.
Jordan raced to a 21:48.3 time, the second-fastest in program history, on the 6K course to lead a 12th-place Spartans’ team finish. The Columbia City, Indiana, tandem of senior Tiffany Harber and freshman Hannah Wappes were second and third across the line for MU, placing 66th and 69th.
The Black and Gold’s sunny stay on the Lake Michigan shore didn’t end there. Senior men’s runners Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.) and Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) added to the school’s all-region roll, placing 21st and 22nd, respectively, to lift Manchester University to a 10th-place team finish. Bresnahan’s second accolade was due to a 25:20.4 clocking, ranking among the Spartans’ all-time top five, on the 8K course, while Gudeman wound up with his first all-region award, crossing in 25:24.7.
Jordan competes for national honors Saturday, Nov. 19, at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships, hosted by E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.