Panthers fall to IU-East in season-opening meet

Morgan Hamilton running

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's cross country team fell to Indiana University – East in its season-opening meet at home in the Hanover Invitational.

The Panthers finished the two-team, 5k-race with 32 points on a rain-soaked course, while IU – East had a team score of 24 to win the meet.

Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) was the first Hanover runner across the finish line. Hamilton finished fifth overall with a time of 22:42.4. Right behind Hamilton was sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.). Barlow was sixth in 22:59.5, while Stump followed in seventh with a time of 23:06.4.

Freshmen Caitlin Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and Cameron Ray (Vevay, Ind.) rounded out the top five for the Panthers. Naghdi ran a time of 24:44.1 to place 11th, and Ray finished in 25:02.0 for 13th overall.

The Red Wolves' Ashley Toschlog was the individual winner. The sophomore won in 21:01.9, almost 39 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

Four Hanover alumni also participated in the meet. A pair of 2016 graduates in Rachel Smith and Kaleigh DeBeck placed third and fourth overall. Smith ran a time of 21:49.6, while DeBeck finished in 22:03.8.

Hanover will next travel to West Lafayette, Ind. Saturday, Sept. 15 to compete in the Indiana Intercollegiates. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard