Women’s Cross Country: Season Preview

Amanda Stump running

2017 Schedule

HANOVER, Ind. – With just over one week away from the first meet of the year, the Hanover women's cross country team will take on a different look as the Panthers prepare for the 2017 season.

One change will be the team's new head coach. After serving as the team's assistant coach last year, 1983 Hanover graduate, Brady Wells, moves into the top spot. Wells inherits a young, but talented roster which lost five of its top six runners from the 2016 season.

This year's team is without any seniors and will feature three juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen.

"We will be counting on some of the new faces coming into the scoring positions this year", Wells said.

Two runners he will be counting on to lead the way are a pair of juniors in Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.).

Hamilton finished among the team's top five runners in two meets last year with her top finish of 22nd coming at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational.

Stump was one of the Hanover's top five finishers in three meets a year ago. Her top finish also came at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational as she completed the race in 27th place overall.

While the team lost several strong runners from last year's team, there is still plenty of optimism within the program as the Panthers look for their ninth consecutive season with a top three finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"We will be looking to the continued improvement of many of our young runners who are coming off very good spring performances in track & field", Wells finished.

Contact: Mike Pritchard