Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) has been named the November Female Athlete of the Month by the Hanover College Sports Information Department.
Tong etched her name into the Panther record books, becoming the first freshman female in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships, and fourth woman overall. At the national meet in Winneconne, Wis., Tong was the ninth fastest freshman to finish, clocking in at 22:44.0. The freshman also placed inside the top half of the field, which featured over 100 schools.
Tong placed 13th at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional to qualify for the national championship. At the regional race, the freshman posted the second fastest six-kilometer time in school history, racing across the finish line in 22:12.8, which was good enough for 13th overall at the meet.
Additionally, at the end-of-season team banquet held in early December, Tong won the Women’s Most Valuable Runner for her stellar debut campaign.