Cross country announces dates for Distance Summit, Triple Crown Racing Series

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Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover Cross Country program has announced that it will be hosting a Distance Summit as well as a series of summer races.

The Distance Summit will be held on Friday, June 21, in a clinic-type format for coaches or anyone interested in distance running, developing runners, and building championship team cultures. The event will feature several championship high school and college coaches from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, with speakers set to commence at 12:15 p.m. in the Hanover College Science Center, room 137.

Up first will be Mike Horan of Eastern High School in Kentucky, who will present "Building a Distance Program from Scratch." Following him, in order, will be Zach Toothman of Avon HS (Ind.), Jason Retz of St. Joseph-Ogden HS (Ill.), Hanover College Director of Sports Performance Alex Makin, Dara Ford of Otterbein University (Ohio), and Rick Sluder of Columbus North HS (Ind.).

Later in the Summer, HC will host the Hanover College Triple Crown Summer XC Race Series, which is a set of three distance races designed to test fitness and sharpen summer training. The events will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays: July 17, 24 and 31 at 7 p.m., with each race increasing in distance slightly. On the 17th, participants will run three kilometers, and by the end of the series it will be a five kilometer contest. The three races will take place on Hanover's nationally-renowed cross country course, which has hosted three NCAA Division III national championship events. 

The Blue and Red are coming off of some historic success in cross country, as the men registered their second consecutive runner-up finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in the fall. That afternoon, senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) made Hanover history when he became the program's first individual winner in the conference meet. Hedrick, along with women's freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), each qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships as well. Hedrick was the first men's runner to qualify for the NCAA meet, while Tong was the first freshman to make it to nationals. 

To register or learn more about either event, please visit the links above.

Contact: Tyler Jester