Cross country hands out annual team awards

Cross country most valuable runner award winners

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover cross country program honored its male and female athletes Sunday evening with its annual team awards.

Overall, five awards were given out, with six individuals receiving honors.

On the men's side, junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) was named Most Valuable Runner, while the team's lone senior, Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.), was given the Coaches' Award. Sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) was also honored with the Lou Knoble Spirt of Cross Country award.

Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) and sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) were co-Most Valuable Runners for the women, and junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) was tabbed with the Coaches' Award.

Behind the three award winners, the Hanover men enjoyed one the best seasons in program history, one which saw them record their highest team finish at the HCAC Championships in over 10 years. Veach, Hedrick and Rector all posted top five individual finishes at the conference meet, marking the first time in program history the squad had three runners place in the top five overall. Hedrick and Rector also went on to earn USTFCCCA Great Lakes All-Region accolades.

The women were led by either Barlow or Hamilton in every race this season, including the HCAC Championships, where Barlow paced the Panthers with a 23rd place finish. Hamilton and Stump also placed in the top 30 at the conference event.

Most of Hanover's cross country athletes will now turn their attention to the track & field season, with the indoor campaign kicking off in the New Year. The Panthers will open the indoor track & field season at 6 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester