Spartans take aim at Great Lakes Championships

Spartans take aim at Great Lakes Championships

Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio, is the host site and Ohio Wesleyan University is the host institution for the 2017 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 11.

Meet details: Start times are 11 a.m. for the men's 8K event and 12:15 p.m. for the women's 6K race. An awards ceremony is slated for 1:15 p.m. … Live results can be tracked via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The top two men's and women's teams on the final results receive automatic bids to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships. The top seven individuals not included on the first and second place teams in each category also earn automatic berths.

Spartan Shorts: MU's men placed 10th and the women were 12th a year ago in regional competition. Top returners on the 2017 teams are senior Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who ended in the first 65 individually for the men, and sophomores Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) and Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind.) who placed among the best 80 individually in the women's field ... Coach Geoff Lambert's squads enter the weekend coming off runner-up women's and fourth-place men's team finishes at the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 28. Harris is the conference's individual men's champion, while Wappes is the league's runner-up honoree … "We've needed the last two weeks (since the HCACs) to refocus and try and be better," Lambert said. "The training period has gone well and hopefully, we can show off the hard work we've put in not just this timeframe but all season. We've been involved in meets of this size (throughout the year), so we just need to get back to the things we've done in those instances to be successful. The weather may be a factor, but I think the key part will be before the race within the ability to get warm and stay warm and loose (despite the conditions)." … MU's women's program is seeking to extend back-to-back national meet appearances as former standout Mariah Jordan advanced in 2015 and 2016, while the men last earned a national meet berth in 2013 with the team qualifying … The complete national meet field will be announced Sunday, Nov. 12.