WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – The highest placing NCAA Division III individual in the women’s 6K race and a hard-nosed runner-up effort in the men’s 8K event led Manchester University’s finishes at the 2017 Indiana Intercollegiate Championship Little State division Friday, Sept. 15.
Sophomore Hannah Wappes (Columbia City,), pointed to as one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s top runners coming into the season, proved the point, taking third for the conference preseason favorite Spartans. Her time of 24:12.9 trailed on Anais Da Silva of Vincennes and Taryn Thor of Indiana University – Kokomo on the results sheet.
In the team race, the Black and Gold wound up eighth and was the second highest finishing league squad, as Earlham College wound up fifth. Junior and fellow Columbia City native Samina Qureshi was the only other MU runner in the top 25, placing 23rd.
Manchester University’s men were guided by senior Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Also noted as one of the conference’s individuals to watch before 2017, he didn’t disappoint on the Purdue University course, covering the 8K in 26:39.7. Wabash College’s Dominic Patacsil claimed first-place honors (25:39 flat).
Despite placing seventh on the team annals and trailing Earlham on the conference scoreboard at the event, coach Geoff Lambert did have cause to see a bright horizon. The freshman combined of Keyen Taulbee (Michigantown, Ind.) and Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind.) turned in 24th and 26th place finishes, respectively.
The Spartans break from competition next weekend to prepare for the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Sept. 30.