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HCAC POLLS RELEASED

January 23, 2014
Earlham College Broadcast Sports



RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College track teams had four competitors listed on the
Athletes to Watch list as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference released the
pre-season poll on Wednesday for the indoor schedule.

Jumper Marq Dixon and distance runner Gabriel Penk were on the list for the men,
while distance runner Emma Hauser and sprinter Cherrah Barclay represented the
women's squad.

In the poll, the Rose-Hulman Insitute of Technology was picked to finish first for
the men, while Franklin College was second and Defiance College was third. Earlham
was ninth.

On the women's side, Hanover College was chosen as the favorite. Franklin was second
and Defiance third. The Quakers were eighth.

 

GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman’s men’s track and field team has been selected as the
unanimous front runner to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
indoor championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received
100 total points and all ten first place votes.

Franklin College will strive for the indoor title, as the Grizzlies totaled a
second-best 85 points.  Defiance College placed third in the poll with 77 points,
while Anderson University and Manchester University finished fourth with 68 points.
Hanover College finished sixth with 51 points and was followed by Bluffton
University (38 points), College of Mount St. Joseph (29), Earlham College (21), and
Transylvania University (13).
Rose-Hulman has claimed the first three HCAC indoor championships and will look for
a fourth-straight this February at Anderson.  The Engineers will look to replace
last year’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete, losing Tyler Hannan to graduation.
Junior Stuart West (La Porte, Ind./H.S.) set a new conference record at the
championship meet last winter, winning the mile run with a time of 4:20.31.  Senior
Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) opened the indoor season with the
third fastest time in NCAA Division III this indoor season, posting a 3,000-meter
time of 8:35.33 at the Terre Haute Double Dual Friday evening.
Franklin College earned a second place finish at last year’s indoor championship
meet and will try for their first indoor conference track and field title this
winter.  The Grizzlies will look to replace multi-event winner Georard Mitchell who
graduated last spring.  Senior Clay Warner (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) will look to take
over Mitchell’s role after finishing second in the triple jump and third in the long
jump last February.
Defiance College finished third at last winter’s HCAC indoor meet and will go for a
title in 2014.  The Yellow Jackets return All-HCAC selections Troy Parrett
(Cedarville, Ohio/H.S.) and Joe Davis (Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario) to the track this
winter.  Parrett won the 800-meters with a time of 1:57.27, while Davis earned the
3,000 and 5,000-meter titles.
The 2014 HCAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for Saturday,
February 22 at Anderson University.

 

GREENWOOD, IN – Hanover College’s women’s track and field team has been selected as
the front runner to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor
championship. The Panthers were nearly unanimous selections, receiving 99 points and
nine first place votes in a poll of the conference’s ten head coaches.

Franklin College will look to claim their first indoor championship at the meet this
February, as the Grizzlies totaled a second-best 83 points.  Defiance College placed
third in the poll with 79 points and the final first place vote.  Manchester
University finished fourth with 67 points and was followed by Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology (64 points), Anderson University (58), Bluffton University (37),
Earlham College (28), Transylvania University (22), and College of Mount St. Joseph
(13).

Hanover earned the school’s second indoor championship last winter, holding off
second place Rose-Hulman.  Junior Briahna Chambers (Bell, Tex./Ellison) returns
after earning the HCAC Most Outstanding Track Athlete honor last February.  Chambers
set new conference records in the 60-meter dash (8.05) and 200-meter dash (26.84) at
the meet.  The Panthers also return event winners Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis,
Ind./Ben Davis) and Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio/H.S.) this season.  Moseby set a
conference record in the 60-meter hurdles (9.10), while Arbaugh earned the shot put
title with a heave of 12.09 meters.

Franklin finished third last February and will look to dethrone the Panthers in this
year’s meet.  The Grizzlies return a pair of All-HCAC selections from a year ago.
Hillary Cain (Rushville, Ind./H.S.) earned titles in the 3,000 and 5,000-meters,
setting new conference records in the process.  Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian
Creek) won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.71.

After a fourth place finish last season, Defiance College has been selected to place
third at the upcoming indoor championships.  The Yellow Jackets did not win an event
last winter, but will look for different results in February.  Senior Kali George
(East Palestine, Ohio/H.S.) finished second in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash,
long jump, and high jump a year ago, and was also a member of the second place
1,600-meter relay team.
The 2014 HCAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for Saturday,
February 22 at Anderson University.


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