Hanover men picked to finish third in HCAC Preseason Poll

Hayden Veach running.

HCAC Release

HANOVER, Ind. – In an exclusive voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches the Hanover men's cross country team has been selected third in the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Preseason Poll.

The Panthers picked up 81 total points and one first place vote to finish behind Rose-Hulman, which received 98 points and 8 first place votes, and Manchester, which was second with 85 points and one first place vote.

It's the third straight year Hanover has been picked to finish third. The Panthers went on to finish in that same spot in each of the previous two years, including last year's championship meet at Hanover.

This year's team will have a new leader as 1983 Hanover graduate Brady Wells takes over as head coach. Wells, a former cross country and track & field team captain for the Panthers, served as an assistant coach last year.

The league's coaches have been quite accurate in the preseason polls as it relates to Hanover. The Panthers have finished in the same place as they were predicted in five of the last seven years.

Over the course of those seven years Hanover has gradually worked its way toward the top of the league. After finishing seventh in both 2010 and 2011, the Panthers are now among the conference's top three teams, and will look to continue its move toward the top this fall.

With this year's conference championship meet set to be hosted by Manchester, Hanover will begin its 2017 season Saturday, Sept. 2 with the Hanover Invitational at 10 a.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard