Women 3rd, Men 4th at HCAC Indoor Championships Saturday

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Manchester University women’s indoor track and field team earned a top three finish on Saturday evening at the 2019 Heartland collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Manchester men placed fourth at Saturday’s championships hosted at Defiance College.

The women earned a third-place finish with 80 points. Junior Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) led Manchester’s efforts on Saturday night. Wappes was the HCAC champion in the miel, posting a top time of 5:20.85. Wappes also was the HCAC champion in the 3000-meters with leading time of 10:41.03. Hannah also placed second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:23.72. Freshman Kelsey Tyler (Rochester, Ind. / Rochester) earned the HCAC title in the 5000-meters by nearly nine seconds with a leading time of 19:01.76. Tyler’s time placed her in the women’s all-time top 10 list for the 5000-meters. Tyler also recorded a top three finish in the 3000-meter, crossing the finish line with a time of 10:47.18. Samina Qureshi (Columbia City, Ind. / Columbia City) added another top three finish for the Spartans on Saturday, finish third in the 5000-meters with a time of 19:38.88. Qureshi’s time also landed her on the women’s all-time top 10 list.

On the men’s side, Travis Murr (Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove) was the runner-up in the men’s 60-meter dash. Murr turned in a time of 7.12. In the 5000-meter, Daniel Baker(Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) was the 2019 HCAC runner-up after posting a time of 15:36.01. Baker joined the Manchester all-time top 10 list with his time on Saturday. The men’s 4-x-200 relay team of Murr, Kody Reece, Austin Coughlin, and Ezekiel Jones posted a time of 1:34.78, good enough for third-place on the podium and good enough for the third fastest time in school history. The Spartans also earned a third-place finish in the DMR. Cameron Kimmell, John-Tyler Butler, Anthony Harris and Cameron Walton combined for a time of 11:20.29. The men’s team totaled 55.50 points for a fourth-place finish on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won both the men’s and women’s titles with top scores of 199.50 and 163.

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