HCAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
HCAC Players of the Week
The following athletes were named players of the week in their respective sports for
the week ending September 8, 2013.
Men's Cross Country - Kris Sandlin, Franklin College
Franklin College's Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.) finished second at the
Madison Kiwanis Hanover Invitational Saturday and has been named the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second
time. Sandlin finished just 15 seconds behind last season's NCAA Division III
individual national champion, posting a time of 25:41.5 on the 8K course. Franklin
finished ninth as a team at the event.
Women's Cross Country - Anna Hairston, Bluffton University
Bluffton University's Anna Hairston (Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario) set a new school
record in the 5K at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati and has been named the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week.
The freshman set the new school record in the 5K with a time of 19:37 in a
competitive field that featured Division I & II runners. Hairston placed 40th among
the 148 total runners.
Football: Offense - Alex Larson, Defiance College
Defiance College quarterback Alex Larson (Highland, Mich./Milford) led the way
offensively for the Yellow Jackets in a 32-29 setback to Albion Saturday and has
been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week
on offense. The freshman quarterback recorded 391 total yards of offense with three
touchdowns in his first college game. Larson had 27 rushes for 112 yards and one
touchdown, while finishing 24-of-44 for 279 yards and two touchdowns through the
air. Defiance (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) will return home to face Adrian Saturday afternoon.
Football: Defense - Cody Rivers, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman linebacker Cody Rivers (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) led the Engineers'
defense in Saturday's 28-23 loss at Kalamazoo and has been named the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on defense. The senior
totaled 11 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 1.5 tackles for loss,
and 0.5 sacks in the loss. Rivers forced a fumble at the one-yard line in the
second quarter and recovered the ball in the end zone, forcing a touchback that
prevented a potential Kalamazoo touchdown. Rose-Hulman (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) is set to
face Centre College at 7PM Saturday night in Terre Haute.
Football: Special Teams - Michael Parks, Franklin College
Franklin College's Michael Parks (Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.) averaged 41.8 yards per
punt in Franklin's 30-27 loss at No. 1 ranked Mount Union Saturday and has been
named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on
special teams. The senior Preseason All-American punter averaged 41.8 yards per
punt over five kicks, including a 52-yard boot to help swing the field position
during the first half. Parks also pinned the Purple Raiders inside the 5-yard line
during the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies cut the deficit to 23-21. Parks is the
active career leader at the NCAA Division III level with a 41.4 yards per punt
average. No. 13 Franklin (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) will play the first night game at Faught
Stadium Saturday against Butler at 6PM.
Women's Golf - Brooke McKay, Hanover College
Hanover College's Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind./H.S.) set a school 18-hole and 36-hole
record to earn medalist honors and lead the Panthers' women's golf team to the
championship at the Hanover Invitational and has been named the Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for the second time. The junior
finished with a two-round total of 148 (76-72), including a record-setting round of
72 at Shadowood Golf Course Sunday. The Panthers won the nine team event which
featured all eight HCAC women's golf programs.
Men's Golf - Phil Gilmore, College of Mount St. Joseph
Mount St. Joseph's Phil Gilmore (Wilmington, Ohio/H.S.) helped the Lions to a first
place finish at the Transylvania Invitational over the weekend and has been named
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Week. The senior
finished in a tie for second place with a two-round score of 144, just one stroke
behind the leader. Gilmore was the top finishing HCAC golfer at the event, firing
rounds of 70 and 74, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. The Mount captured
the team title with a total of 588, finishing three strokes better than Rhodes
Women's Tennis - Olivia Engle, Earlham College
Earlham College's Olivia Engle (Richmond, Ind./H.S.) led the Quakers to an 8-1 win
over Miami-Hamilton Sunday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week. The senior teamed with Claire Welsh
for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles and finished the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph
at the No. 1 singles position. Earlham (1-0, 0-0 HCAC) will return to the court on
Monday, September 16 against Indiana East.
Men's Soccer - Kyle Smith, Transylvania University
Transylvania University's Kyle Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) dominated the
Pioneer offense over the weekend as TU posted a pair of wins and has been named the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week. The
senior forward netted a goal in a 2-0 win over Covenant and added a goal with an
assist in a 4-0 victory over Berea. Transylvania (3-1, 0-0 HCAC) will face
Wilmington and Marietta on the pitch this week.
Women's Soccer - Katelyn Barta, Manchester University
Manchester University junior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind./H.S.) ended the
week with five goals and four assists as the Spartans went 3-0 and has been named
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week.
Barta scored two goals, including the game-winning goals, in both matches against
Trine and Kentucky Christian and added another goal and an assist in a win over
previously unbeaten Muskingum. In the 10-0 win over KCU, Barta totaled seven points
with two goals and three assists. Manchester (3-1-1, 0-0 HCAC) will travel to Goshen
and play host to Thomas More this week.
Volleyball: Offense - Sarah Jensen, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman's Sarah Jensen (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) recorded two
triple-doubles during the week as the Engineers went 3-4 overall and has been named
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on
offense. The sophomore earned All-Tournament team honors at the Rose-Hulman
Invitational to highlight a 3-4 overall record last week. Jensen smashed 82 kills
(3.28/set) with 90 assists and 63 digs. The sophomore recorded a pair of
triple-doubles for kills, assists, and digs to increase her career total to eight.
Rose-Hulman (5-6, 0-0 HCAC) will compete at the DePauw Invitational this weekend.
Volleyball: Defense - Mackenzie Wieneke, Franklin College
Franklin College's Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./H.S.) led the Grizzlies to a 3-1
record at the Earlham Invitational over the weekend and has been named the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on defense. The
sophomore recorded 103 digs (6.4/set) and added 6.44 assists per set as the
Grizzlies earned wins over Wilmington, Michigan-Dearborn, and Anderson. Wieneke
posted 27 digs against the Ravens after tallying a season-high 36 digs against
Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday. Franklin (3-5, 0-0 HCAC) will play host to
Wilmington on Wednesday evening.