Ten women and two men were lauded with all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards with the announcement of the 2017 indoor track and field accolades Feb. 21.
MU’s men, who placed fifth on the team standings at Rose-Hulman’s Fieldhouse in Terre Haute, Ind., had 3000 meter champion Alex Gudeman, a senior from Rochester, Ind., receive first team honors. Sophomore jumps specialist Alex Sanders (Kouts, Ind.) was the squad’s Sportsmanship team selection.
The Spartans’ women’s program had 10 student-athletes recognized after a third-place team ending. Senior distance standout Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) became the school’s first men’s or women’s Most Valuable track Athlete after winning the 800 and 3000 meters and mile individual races and anchoring the distance medley relay to a championship. Fellow distance runner Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) also received a plaque by being tabbed the Freshman of the Year for her point total which led all first years at the meet. Jordan, earning her third such recognition, and Wappes also picked up first team awards along with sophomore Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind.), who added selection to the Sportsmanship team to her HCAC Championships resume, and senior Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind.), as Harber and Qureshi had previously been honorable mention honorees. Honorable mention notice was bestowed upon junior Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) who gained her third combined second team or honorable mention selection; sophomores Dasia Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.), Annie Jondle (Elkhart, Ind.) and Jade Bollett (Auburn, Ind.) with Beck and Jondle each recognized for the second time; and freshmen Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) and Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind.).