BLUFFTON, Ohio – For the first time in over six months, student-athletes donning the Manchester University black and gold colors were able to compete against someone other than themselves. What a refreshing site.


The Manchester University cross country teams traveled to Bluffton University in Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans faced off against the host Beavers and the Transylvania University Pioneers in tri-meet action. Both genders ran a 3200-meter run followed by a mixed gender 4x400-meter relay.


The men won the meet after posting a team score of 36 points. Transylvania was a close second with 40 points. Bluffton totaled 50 points.


Freshman Connor Havens (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) led the Black and Gold with a second-place finish. He posted a time of 9:58.8. Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Thomas Richardson (Ladoga, Ind./Southmont) placed fourth and fifth after posting respective times of 10:09.8 and 10:21.9.


Alex Wade (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) was the fourth Spartan to cross the finish line on Saturday afternoon. Wade finished 11th overall with a time of 10:43.7. Senior JT Butler (Knightstown, Ind./Knightstown) placed 14th and posted a time of 11:01.6.


The women won the meet after posting a team score of 19 points. Bluffton finished second with 53 points. Transylvania tallied 57 points. Manchester went 1-2-3 overall and had six women earn top 10 finishes on Saturday afternoon.


Sophomore Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind./NorthWood) landed the top overall spot after posting a time of 12:19.3. Fellow sophomore Lauren Smith (Anderson, Ind./Lapel) placed second with a time of 12:24.7. Kelsey Tyler (Rochester, Ind./Rochester) finished third with a time of 12:37.1.


Fiona Frost (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) and Dinah Gilbert (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) placed sixth and seventh after posting respective times of 12:55.7 and 12:56.3. Sydney Young (Patoka, Ind./Princeton) finished 10th on Saturday following a time of 13:29.6.


The Manchester University cross country teams are slated to have two more in-person meets this fall. The Spartans will host Bluffton in the new Spartan Stadium in a dual meet on Saturday September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Manchester and Transylvania will return to the campus of Bluffton on Sunday October 25 at 3:00 p.m. for another tri-meet.