NEW ORLEANS – Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), along with the rest of the Hanover men's cross country team were recognized Thursday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their performance on the course and in the classroom.
Hedrick garnered individual academic All-American honors for the second consecutive year, while the Panthers' men squad earned the scholar team award from USTFCCCA. In order to qualify for the individual honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship. For the team to be considered for the scholar accolade it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet, while also holding a minimum 3.10 GPA.
Hedrick was one of six men's and women's athletes from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to be tabbed an academic All-American. Overall, 682 student-athletes were honored by USTFCCCA.
The senior put together a record-setting season this past fall, one that ultimately made him the first men's runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships. He was only one of 56 individual qualifiers for the race and placed 15th at the Great Lakes Regional meet, where he posted a season-best eight-kilometer time of 25:46.0.
Hedrick closed out his cross country career with the Panthers by winning the 2018 HCAC Championship, becoming the first in program history to do so. The senior competed in six races, earning top 25 finishes five times. In five 8K events, Hedrick posted four sub-26 minute marks, including his national championship run.
The men's team is picking up its second national scholar award in the past three years, also receiving honors in 2016. Under the guidance of second-year head coach Brady Wells ('83), the Panthers tied their highest finish at the HCAC Championships, placing as the runner-up. Hanover also had its second highest finish in program history at the Great Lakes Regional, 15th place, while posting a team GPA of 3.23.
Overall, 393 men's and women's teams were honored by the coaching organization. Nine teams from the HCAC were recognized, including four on the men's side.
Contact: Tyler Jester