Burt named Freshman of the Year at HCAC meet

Austin Burt

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Earlham College first year Austin Burt earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Freshman of the Year honors, and was one of three Earlham College runners who placed high enough to earn Honorable Mention All-HCAC accolades, at the 2018 HCAC Men's Cross Country Championship held Saturday at the Blue River Park.

Sophomores Bineyam Tumbo and Noah Scherf joined Burt as Honorable Mention All-HCAC selections.

Burt (27:18.8) was the top Quaker finisher in 17th place, while Tumbo (27:23.1) and Scherf (27:25.3) were 19th and 20th respectively. He is Earlham's second consecutive HCAC Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year selection; sophomore Nate Papachristos won the award at the 2017 HCAC meet

Papachristos (27:35.7) was 24th overall, 23rd in points, while first year Cade Orchard (27:43.5) rounded out the scoring five for Earlham in 27th place overall, 26th in points.

Sophomore Ian Shriner (28:19.8) and junior Oliver Daniel (28:30.6) were 32nd and 35th respectively, and were pushers for the Quakers.

The Quakers finished fourth in the championship with 105 points. Rose-Hulman (45 points) captured the HCAC men's cross country crown for the fourth straight year after claiming six of the top 15 individual places.

Hanover (86 points) was second in the team standings, followed by Manchester (91 points) and Earlham.

Hanover senior Jacob Hedrick took the individual title after completing the 8K course in 25:59.0.

Earlham men's cross country has two weeks to prepare for the 2018 NCAA Great Lakes Region Cross Country Championship, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the same Shelbyville course.

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