WILMINGTON, Ohio – In the 329-runner event, the Hanover men's cross country team placed three inside the top 20 at the #JENNASTRONG Fall Classic Friday evening.
The Panthers improved upon an 11th place finish last year by moving up to No. 8 in the final team standings this fall.
Leading the charge was reigning HCAC Player of the Week, Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), who clocked in at 26:10.6 for the eight-kilometer run. The junior's time was his second fastest of 2017 and good enough for a top five overall finish. Hedrick was also the second NCAA Division III athlete to cross the finish line.
Coming in less than one second after Hedrick was senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.). Rector posted his best 8K time of the fall at 26:11.1, en route to a sixth-place finish.
Sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) was the fifth NCAA Division III athlete to cross the finish line Friday, coming in at 26:28.7. Veach's new season best time was good enough for 16th place in the overall standings.
Finishing in the middle of the pack in the 300-plus field was sophomore Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.). The duo registered times of 29:26.7 and 29:28.3 respectively.
Hanover finished with 276 points, posting the fourth best total among Division III institutions. Shawnee State (Ohio) of the NAIA earned the team victory with 93 points, while Berea (Ky.) was third overall and the top Division III team.
The Panthers will now turn their attention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, where they look to improve upon three straight, third place finishes. Hanover will run in the conference race at noon on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Contact: Tyler Jester