The Manchester men’s and women’s track and field teams celebrate their HCAC outdoor championships.
The Manchester men’s and women’s track and field teams celebrate their HCAC outdoor championships.
HANOVER – For the first time in Manchester University Men's Track & Field history, the Spartans claimed a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles. After winning the 2022 HCAC Indoor Championship back in February, the Black & Gold completed their sweep by winning the 2022 HCAC Outdoor Championship on Saturday at Hanover College.

For the first time since 2016, the Manchester University women's track & field program claimed a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles. After winning the 2022 HCAC Indoor Championship back in February, the Black & Gold completed their sweep by winning the 2022 HCAC Outdoor Championship on Saturday.

Results

The Manchester men ran away with the outdoor team title, earning 172 team points. Rose-Hulman placed a distant second with 147 team points while Transylvania rounded out the top three with 104 team points.

Junior Enrique Salazar (Plymouth) continued his record setting season as he was named the HCAC Men's Distance Athlete of the Year. Salazar was also named the HCAC Men's Distance Athlete of the Year in February at the HCAC Indoor championships. Salazar won three individual titles and led an overall team effort by the Spartans this weekend.

Head coach Brian Cashdollar was named the HCAC Coach of the Year on the men's side for this weekend's stellar performances by the Spartans.

The Spartans women’s team pulled away late in a hotly contested weekend. Manchester won the two-day event with 180 team points, narrowly edging host Hanover College who ended with 177 team points. Rose-Hulman placed third with 158 team points.

Fifth-year Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne) repeated as the HCAC Women's Distance Athlete of the Year. Lohman was also named the HCAC Women's Distance Athlete of the Year at the 2022 HCAC Indoor championships back in February.

HCAC Titles

Enrique Salazar walked away with three titles from this weekend's championships. On Friday night, Salazar broke the HCAC meet record – a record which had stood since 1999 - in the 10,000m after posting a time of 31:32.71. He would go on to add titles in the 1500m (4:02.14), the 5000m (15:17.95) and a runner-up finish in the 800m (1:57.45).

Thomas Richardson (Ladoga) brought home an HCAC title on Friday in the 3000m steeplechase. Richardson led this year's field with a leading time of 9:59.58.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Gabe Melvin, Tristen Bronaugh, Duriel Moss Jr., and Quentin Willis sprinted into the record books on Saturday. The quartet established a new Manchester University record en route to an HCAC title after posting a combined time of 42.07.

In the field events, Ben Villafuerte (Angola) shattered his previous career mark in the shot put en route to an HCAC title. Villafuerte registered a final mark of 15.61m (51' 2 3/4") on Friday night – good enough for 2nd all-time in the Manchester record books.

Joe Garling (Cedar Lake) added an HCAC title in the hammer throw on Saturday. Garling's mark of 51.06m (167' 6") was a new PR and still ranks as 2nd all-time at Manchester.

Carley Camp had a weekend for the history books. The first-year won the women's hammer throw on Friday evening with a leading mark of 47.59m (156' 2"). Her distance was a new PR and moved her to 4th on the all-time MU Top 10 listings. Even more impressively, Camp set a new school record in the shot put. Camp's mark of 13.55m (44' 5 1/2") crushed her previous career mark and landed her on the podium in 2nd place. Camp would also pick up a third-place finish in the discus throw. Camp registered a distance of 36.93m (121' 2") in the event.

Elizabeth Lohman again dominated the mid-distance events for Manchester this weekend. Lohman took home first-place in the 3000m steeplechase after winning the race with a top time of 12:43.14. Lohman would also win the 1500m with a time of 4:57.74. She rounded out her title hunt with a win in the 800m following a time of 2:25.72. Lohman concluded her weekend with a runner-up finish in the 5000m (18:52.41).

Other Podium Placements (Top 3)

Quentin Willis (Athens, Ga.) earned a runner-up finish in the 110m hurdles on Saturday afternoon. Willis crossed the finish line at 15.70.

Gabe Hendricks (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) placed third in the shot put on Friday evening after a final mark of 14.89m (48' 10 1/4"). His mark was good enough for 7th on the all-time MU Top 10 listings.

Timothy Macomber (Angola) placed third in the discus on Friday night. Macomber turned in a mark of 44.36m (145' 6"). He broke in the all-time MU Top 10 listings at No. 10.

In the men's javelin throw on Saturday, Joseph Powell (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) earned a spot on the podium at third-place following a final mark of 43.84m.

Duriel Moss Jr. (Homestead, Fla.) placed third in the 100m dash. His time of 10.98 was a new PR and vaulted him up to 5th on the all-time MU Top 10 listings. Moss also moved up to 4th all-time in the 200m after sprinting to a time of 22.02 on Friday in the prelims.

Brooke Bouwens (Clarksville, Mich.) earned a runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles on Saturday afternoon. Bouwens turned in a time of 18.10. Bouwens also established a new Top 10 time in the 400m. Her time of 1:00.14 was 2nd all-time at Manchester. Bowens rounded out her weekend with a runner-up placement in the 400m hurdles after crossing the finish line at 1:10.46.

Adelle Stanko (Okemos, Mich.) earned a pair of podium placements on Saturday the high and triple jumps. Stanko placed second in the high jump as she cleared 1.47m (4' 9 3/4"). She would also place third in the triple jump following a mark of 10.48m (34' 4 3/4").

Fiona Frost (Indianapolis) placed third in the 3000m steeplechase on Friday night after crossing the finish line with a time of 12:59.96.

Hannah Brubaker (Goshen) placed third in the 10,000m at the end of the day on Friday. Brubaker posted a time of 40:31.41.

On Saturday, Lauren Smith (Anderson) landed on the podium in third-place in the 1500m. Smith posted a time of 4:59.19.

To conclude the two-day meet, the 4x400 meter relay team of Bouwens, Morgan Chupp, Smith, and Stanko placed third with a combined time of 4:15.82.

Other New Top 10 Marks

Tristen Bronaugh (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) posted a time of 50.13 in the 400m on Saturday – good enough for 7th all-time at Manchester.

In the 400m prelims on Friday, Brandi Smith clocked a time of 1:01.58 – good enough to sneak in at No. 10 on the all-time MU Top 10 listings.

Erica Mohr (Payne, Ohio) turned in a mark of 42.91m (140' 9") in the hammer throw on Friday evening. Her distance placed her 8th on the all-time MU Top 10 listings.

Athletes who claim HCAC titles also earn First Team All-HCAC recognition. Athletes who place second in an event garner Second Team All-HCAC honors, while athletes who land on the podium in third-place take home Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors.