RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham men's and women's cross country teams will make the westbound trip across Indiana to Terre Haute this weekend for Sunday's 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.
DATE: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
TIME: Men's 8K race at noon, women's 6K race at 1 p.m.
AWARDS CEREMONY: 2 p.m.
LOCATION: LaVern Gibson Championship Course (Wabash Valley Family Sports Center)
ADMISSION: $5 for adults
Children 11-or-under - free
Students, faculty, and staff from HCAC institutions - free
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NOTES
- Earlham men's cross country was picked to finish fourth in this year's championship in the HCAC preseason coaches poll. Defending champion Rose-Hulman was picked to win the HCAC crown again in 2019.
- The Quakers will be led by sophomore Austin Burt, who captured HCAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honors twice during the 2019 season. Burt set what is believed to be a new Earlham cross country record at the 8K distance with his mark of 25:25.8 at the Louisville Cross Country Classic 8K Silver race on October 5. He finished 17th (27:18.8) at last year's HCAC meet as a freshman, and was named the conference's Freshman of the Year.
- Junior Noah Scherf will also be among the Earlham men's runners to watch at this year's HCAC meet. Scherf's top 8K time this season was 25:49.9 at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble; that's a significant improvement over the 27:25.3 he clocked at the 2018 HCAC meet on his way to finishing 20th.
- Earlham's best finish at the HCAC men's cross country championship was a third-place finish in 2017, and the Quaker men's team placed fourth at the 2018 championship. Earlham's only men's cross country titles in the Division III era came in 1995 and 1996 (tie) in the North Coast Athletic Conference under Head Coach Pat Thomas.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NOTES
- Earlham women's cross country was tabbed with a fifth-place finish in this year's championship according to preseason voting conducted among the HCAC head cross country coaches. Defending champion Manchester was picked to repeat as the conference champion in 2019.
- Fourth-year junior Shabnam Fayyaz is Earlham's top runner heading into the championship, with her top 6K time this season coming at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble when she crossed the line in 24:53.6.
- Sophomore Shianna Bellingham and junior Mairead Blatner should also be among the top finishers for the Earlham women. Bellingham's best 6K time was a 25:06.2 posted at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, while Blatner finished with a 26:17.2 at the Oberlin event.
- The best finish for the Earlham women at the HCAC meet was last season's fourth-place showing. The highest finish for the Earlham women's cross country team at a conference meet in the Division III era was third in both 1985 and 1992.