Hedrick, Rector lead strong performance for Harriers at NCAA Regional

Jacob Hedrick and Joe Rector standing with their all-region medals

POWELL, Ohio – Two Hanover men's cross country runners earned all-region honors Saturday afternoon, as the Panthers recorded their highest finish in several decades at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.

Hanover recorded 460 points, with junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) each placing inside the top 35 to earn all-region accolades. Hedrick paced the Panthers with a time of 26:12.5, placing 27th overall. Rector followed at 26:27.7, good enough for 35th place and his second all-region award. Hedrick and Rector have combined for three of HC's four all-region awards since 2000.

Sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) was the third Panther to cross the finish line, coming in at 26:48.5. Veach finished 56th in the field of 242 runners.

Two other Hanover runners competed Saturday afternoon in sophomore Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Ben Rusch (Crothersville, Ind.). Davis finished at 28:18.4, while Rusch tied a career best eight-kilometer time at 29:47.9.

Overall, Hanover finished 14th in the race of 36 teams, while also placing second among HCAC institutions. Calvin (Mich.) placed all seven of its runners inside the top 30, as its 61 points were good enough for the team championship. Ohio Northern's Ian McVey was the first individual to cross the finish line, logging a time of 25:11.0.

Hanover will now look to carry momentum from the cross country season into the indoor track & field campaign. The Panthers finished second at the HCAC Championship this fall, which tied their best mark since the HCAC's inception in 1998.

Contact: Tyler Jester