HANOVER, IND. – Leading a pair of Manchester University individuals in the top six, senior Blake Harris cruised to an individual championship at the Hanover College Invitational Saturday, April 1.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native broke the tape at the Alumni Stadium track in 32:15.17, better than 44 seconds ahead of the runner-up mark. Fellow senior Riley Worl (Russiaville, Ind.) was the second-highest Spartans' runner in the field, taking sixth (34:31.20).
Harris' title wasn't the only solid effort on the track for Coach Brian Cashdollar's squad. Sophomore Austin Coughlin (Fairland, Ind.) was a narrow second in the 100, clocking an 11.21-second finish which was only six-hundredths behind Indiana Wesleyan's Cameron Lauck. Junior Harrison Hollis (Lebanon, Ind.) added to the Black and Gold's 52-point total, taking fourth (11.22), and he came back for a fifth-place finish in the 200 (22.86 seconds). The duo was also a part of a runner-up effort in the 4x100 (44.29) with freshman Austin Roberts (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Matt Gasper (North Vernon, Ind.).
In the field, senior Drew Foster (Seymour, Ind.) registered the best placing, taking third in the javelin (158 feet, six inches). Sophomore Alex Sanders (Kouts, Ind.) was also in an event top six, clearing 12 feet, five and a half inches to wind up sixth in the pole vault.
Manchester University's first weekend of competition started at Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri's Invitational. Senior Alex Gudeman ran to a top 10 mark in the 5000 clocking a 15:03.35 to take ninth place.
The Spartans continue their 2017 campaign Saturday, April 8, competing at Huntington University's invitational.