Men's Cross Country Claims a Top Spot in the HCAC Preseason Poll

Men's Cross Country Claims a Top Spot in the HCAC Preseason Poll

INDIANPOLIS, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference released it's 2019 men's cross country poll Wednesday afternoon with the Panthers claiming a top three spot for the fifth consecutive season.

Hanover accumulated 64 points, while Rose-Hulman claimed the top spot with 80 points and eight first place votes. Manchester ranked second in the 2019 edition with 67 points.

The Panthers will look to build on the success of the 2018 season where the team captured a second-place finish, tying a program-best mark dating back to 1993 when the league was known as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Under third year head coach Brady Wells ('83) the Blue and Red captured a program first HCAC Individual Champion in alum Jacob Hedrick ('19) who was also named the HCAC Most Valuable Runner.

The Panthers return a strong core for the 2019 campaign with senior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) pacing the way. The senior claimed an eighth-place finish at last year's HCAC Conference Championship and was placed on the 2019 runners to watch. Teammates Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.), Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Michael Taylor (Anderson, Ind.) were also placed among the best in the Conference.

The Blue and Red open the 2019 campaign on Saturday, August 31 at the Franklin Grizzly Invite.