Black and Gold turn in top 20s at Rumble

OBERLIN, OHIO – It was another stellar race day for senior Blake Harris and sophomore Hannah Wappes Saturday, Oct. 14.

Fast becoming one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and region’s best men’s and women’s top finishing duos, they each claimed the league’s top placings at Oberlin College’s Interregional Rumble. Harris, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., crossed in eighth place in a time of 25:37 flat. The effort was a collegiate career best and moved him into the top 15 all-time for the program 8K clockings. Wappes, a Columbia City, Ind., native, had a similar marking the women’s 6K, registering a 22:36.

Coach Geoff Lambert’s women’s squad led the team totals for the Spartans. Following Wappes were junior Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind.), placing 37th in 23:27.3, and sophomore Emily Ewen (Walcott, Ind.) crossed in the first 80, too, clocking a 24:09.3. Due to that trio, the Black and Gold wound up 15th on a full school list with 407 points, just one number shy of fellow conference institution Rose-Hulman.

Manchester University’s men found themselves 20th with 547 points. Freshman Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind.) was the second-lowest finishing only crossing in 27:32.2 for 112th.

The Spartans break from competition until Saturday, Oct. 28, to work towards the 2017 HCAC Championships which they will host on the university’s athletic grounds and around campus.

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