SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on its overall depth to capture its fourth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's cross country championship in the last five years on Saturday afternoon at Blue River Cross Country Course.
The Fightin' Engineers relied on three all-conference performances and three honorable mention all-league efforts to capture its second consecutive league title. Matthew Stevenot led the individual finishers as the conference runner-up with an 8-kilometer time of 26:08. Evan Ammidown added a top-five finish with a mark of 26:26.
Ben Gothard was the third all-conference award winner by coming home 11th with a time of 26:51. The team performance also included honorable mention all-conference performers Nathan Ciriacks in 13th (27:00); Kevin Wuest in 14th (27:09); and Nolan Gross in 15th (27:13).
Rose-Hulman won with a total of 45 points, followed by Hanover with 86 and Manchester with 91. Earlham, Franklin, Bluffton and Anderson came home 4th through 7th, followed by Transylvania, Mount St. Joseph and Defiance.
Head coach Geoff Wayton was also named the HCAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his five years at Rose-Hulman following the team's championship.
Rose-Hulman will return to action at the 2018 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional, also at Blue River Cross Country Course, on Nov. 10.