GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Manchester University cross country teams competed at the Knight Invitational on Saturday September 4. The invite was hosted at nationally-ranked Calvin University in Michigan and featured some of the premier cross country programs in the Midwest.
The Spartan women ran to an eighth-place finish on Saturday morning.
Fifth-year Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was the top female finisher for the Black & Gold. Lohman placed ninth overall in a field of 115 runners. Lohman’s time of 22:41.6 was good enough to rank her eighth on the all-time top 50 listing at Manchester.
The next Spartan to finish was Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind./NorthWood). Brubaker clocked in at 24:17.8 on Saturday morning. Fiona Frost (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) placed 46th overall after crossing the finish line with a time of 25:09.3.
The Spartan men placed ninth overall on Saturday.
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was the top overall finisher on the men’s side for Manchester, placing sixth overall in a field of 184 competitors. Salazar clocked in a time of 25:12.3 – a 24 second improvement of a previous career-best and the second-best mark in school history.
Thomas Richardson (Ladoga, Ind./Southmont) placed 11th overall for Manchester after crossing the finish line with a time of 25:36.5. Richardson improved upon his previous career-best by 18 seconds and his time on Saturday stands as the 16th fastest time in school history.
The Spartans will compete again on Friday September 17 at the Mt. St. Joseph Invitational.