Hedrick becomes first HCAC individual champion in program history

Jacob Hedrick
Photo courtesy of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Hanover senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) became the first individual conference champion in program history Saturday by winning the 2018 Men's HCAC Championship Meet held at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, Ind.

Hedrick, who led the field in a time of 25:59.0 for the eight kilometer course and earned the HCAC Most Valuable Runner award for his efforts, made a decisive move in the second half of the race to pull away from Matthew Stevenot of Rose-Hulman and win by a margin of nearly ten seconds.

Hedrick's low stick led the Panthers to their second straight runner-up finish behind eventual champion Rose-Hulman who scored a meet low 45-points. Following Hedrick was junior teammate Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) who picked off several competitors in the final home stretch to finish eighth. Veach and Hedrick both earned all-HCAC honors for their efforts.

Rounding out the scoring for the Red and Blue were sophomore Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.), freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), and sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.). Vilardo turned in a personal-best time of 27:31.3 to finish 22nd overall while Hanson and Clegg were 28th and 30th respectively.

The Panthers scored 86 points overall to hold off Manchester University (91 points) and Earlham College (105 points). Earlham's Austin Burt earned Freshman of the Year honors for his 17th place finish.

With the conference meet behind them, the Panthers will set their sights on the Great Lakes Regional meet in two weeks. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, and will also be held at Blue River Memorial Park.

Contact: Logan Wells