Panthers picked third in HCAC Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll

tommaso girelli

HCAC RELEASE

GREENWOOD, Ind. - For the third consecutive year the Hanover men's indoor track and field team has been selected to finish third in the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. 

With 75 total points, the Panthers finished third in the voting, eight points behind Anderson (83) for second. Rose-Hulman, the seven-time defending conference champion, was a unanimous choice to win the league as the Fightin' Engineers received all 10 first-place votes for the second straight year for a total of 100 points. 

Bluffton came in fourth with 72 points, while Manchester completed the top half in fifth with 65 points. Franklin was sixth (46), followed by Earlham in seventh (43), Defiance in eighth (41), Transylvania in ninth (23), and Mount St. Joseph in tenth (12). 

Beginning with the inaugural HCAC Indoor Championships in 2011, Hanover was picked to finish between sixth and eighth the first five years, including 2015 when the Blue and Red were picked seventh. That year the Panthers earned their first top five finish by placing fifth overall, and have been picked in the top three ever since.

The program's best-ever HCAC indoor championship finish came in 2016 when Hanover placed third overall. The Panthers finished fourth in last year's meet hosted by Rose-Hulman, and will look to take the next step toward the top of the league this winter. 

Hanover Director of Track and Field Brian Power will have a talented mix of returners and newcomers to work with in 2018. Along with six all-conference performers that return from a year ago, 10 different athletes scored in at least one event in last year's league championships with five scoring in multiple events.

Anderson will host the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Kardatzke Wellness Center in Anderson, Ind. 

The Panthers are officially set to kick-off the 2018 season Friday, January 19 at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational. Start time is set for 6 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind. 

 RK

 TEAM

 POINTS (1ST)

 1

 Rose-Hulman

 100 (10)

 2

 Anderson

 83

 3

 Hanover

 75

 4

 Bluffton

 72

 5

 Manchester

 65

 6

 Franklin

 46

 7

 Earlham

 43

 8

 Defiance

 31

 9

 Transylvania

 23

 10

 Mt. St. Joseph

 12

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu