LOUISVILLE, KY. – Junior women’s standout Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) continued an impressive third season in a Manchester University uniform Saturday, Sept. 29.
Leading head coach Geoff Lambert’s team to a sixth-place finish, just three points removed from the leading five and only 20 short of being among the first four, Wappes raced around the course in 19:02.4. Her clocking was the fastest for any Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference runner in the division, edging Hanover College’s Arig Tong by just over second. She was one of two Spartans to cross the finish line in the top 20, as freshman Kelsey Tyler(Rochester, Ind.) was next for MU (19:46.87), good for 18th.
The Black and Gold men’s team also had similar success in the Silver competition at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Junior Daniel Baker (Okemos, Ind.) (26:28.85 – No. 16) and sophomore Lucas Fontanez (26:31.6 – No. 17) each found themselves in the best 20 individually. Their efforts lifted Manchester University to a sixth-place team finish with 293 points.
MU concludes its pre-2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule Saturday, Oct. 13. They are among the men’s and women’s fields at the Oberlin College of Ohio Interregional Rumble.