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ABOVE:?Kelsey Tyler took home the top overall spot to pace three top 10 placements for the Manchester women.
Photos provided ABOVE:?Kelsey Tyler took home the top overall spot to pace three top 10 placements for the Manchester women.
NORTH MANCHESTER, – The Manchester University men’s and women’s cross country teams turned in another pair of stellar performances this weekend.

Competing against Bluffton University and Transylvania University, the Spartans ran a 5k and a 1600m. However, all times from Sunday’s tri-meet were converted to a 3200-meter equivalent and compared virtually against other competing schools in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The Black & Gold’s performances propelled them to the top spot in the fourth round of the Virtual Racing Series. The Virtual Racing Series allows each HCAC institution to compile times on individual campuses, record times, then score the meet based on these virtual event times.

Based on the results from the 3200-meter times, Manchester University topped the field in both genders this weekend.

The men posted a team total of 44 points, beating out second-place Rose-Hulman by two points. The Fightin’ Engineers finished with 46 points. Third-place Franklin posted 80 points.

Of the more than 70 runners, sophomore Enrique Salazar posted the top overall equivalent time this week, clocking in at 9:33.8.  Freshman Connor Havens placed third overall with an equivalent time of 9:37.8.

Both Thomas Richardson and Lucas Fontanez earned top 10 placements over the weekend. Richardson placed eighth with a time of 9:49.7, while Fontanez clocked in a time of 9:51.3.

The women ended the weekend with 49 points, narrowly edging second-place Rose-Hulman, who finished with 52 points. The Transylvania Pioneers were a close third, finishing with 57.5 points.

Kelsey Tyler paced three top 10 placements for Manchester. Of the more than 50 runners, Tyler took home the top overall spot with an equivalent time of 11:28.3.  Lauren Smith earned a fourth-place finish, clocking in at 12:00.9.  Fiona Frost  clocked in an equivalent time of 12:13.9, good enough for sixth-place.

Manchester University Cross Country is scheduled to have one final event this fall scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 6-8.