Men’s cross country finishes third at HCAC meet

Noah Scherf and Austin Burt

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Earlham College men's cross country placed three runners among the top 10 on its way to a third-place finish at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championship, held Sunday at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center's LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Junior Noah Scherf was the top Earlham finisher with a time of 26:52.7 in the 8K race, finishing third overall. Sophomore Cade Orchard was seventh with a time of 27:10.1, while sophomore Austin Burt was ninth overall in a time of 27:19.8.

Earlham's next two runners were among the top 20 finishers: junior Bineyam Tumbo who was 18th in points with a time of 27:56.3, and Israel Ramos, who was 20th in points with a time of 28:00.6.

Scherf, Orchard, and Burt earned First Team All-HCAC honors by virtue of the their finish, while Tumbo and Ramos were tabbed as Honorable Mention All-HCAC.

First years Ian Gorley (28:41.0) and Henry Foultner (28:52.8) were pushers for Earlham, finishing 25th and 28th in points.

Earlham finished in third place with 57 points, trailing meet champion Manchester (46 points) and Rose-Hulman (49 points). The Quakers had a 60-point margin ahead of the fourth-place finisher, Hanover College.

The third-place showing by the Earlham men matches the Quakers' 2017 result for the best finish in program history at the HCAC meet.

Manchester's Lucas Fontanez won the individual crown with a time of 26:41.9. All five scoring runners for Manchester were among the top 16 finishers.

Earlham men's cross country will next compete at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship, which will be held November 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.