HANOVER, Ind. – In a new pre-championship coaches poll released by the HCAC today, the Hanover College men's cross country team has been picked to finish second overall heading into this weekend's conference championship meet.
The race, which will take place on Saturday, October 27 in Shelbyville, Ind. will be a chance for the Panthers to duplicate or even improve on their runner-up performance from a year ago.
Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) has his eyes set on an individual title. After finishing third in last year's event, the four-time HCAC runner of the week will look to guide the Red and Blue to an upset victory over defending champions, Rose-Hulman.
Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) will also play a part in this upset bid. Veach, who finished one spot ahead of Hedrick at the conference meet a year ago and is coming off his first ever sub-26-minute performance at the Jenna Strong Invite will look to continue his momentum into this weekend.
A strong pack of underclassmen will likely round out the scoring for the Panthers. Freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomore teammates Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.) and Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) have been trading spots all season long and, like Veach, are coming off big personal bests last time out.
Hanover was picked to finish third overall in a pre-season poll by HCAC coaches, and their 86 points in this most recent version marks a slight improvement on those results.
Defending champions and pre-season favorites, Rose-Hulman, received 10 first place votes to finish with 100 points in the new poll.
The race, hosted by Mount St. Joseph University, will be held at Blue River State Park in Shelbyville, Ind. and is set to begin at 1:00 pm following the conclusion of the women's championship race.
Contact: Logan Wells