Women to compete in annual Greater Louisville Classic Saturday

Amanda Stump running

HANOVER, Ind. – In what is annually one of the top cross country meets in this part of the country, the Hanover women's cross country team will compete in the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Sept. 30 in Louisville, Ky.

The race will be run at Tom Sawyer Park, which was also the site of last year's NCAA Division III National Championships, and the site of this year's NCAA Division I National Championships.

The Panthers most recently competed in the Indian Intercollegiate Championships two weeks ago in West Lafayette, Ind. where they placed 11th in their second competition of the fall.

Through two meets, the top five Hanover runners have finished in the exact same order in each race. Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) paced the Panthers with a 34th place finish out of 87 total competitors. Hamilton finished the 6k course with a time of 26:45.5.

Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) were second and third for Hanover in 41st and 45th places respectively.

Last year's Greater Louisville Classic saw 39 teams and over 300 runners from around the country compete in the college women's silver race. The Panthers were one of four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams to participate in the meet, and the second team to finish behind HCAC Champion Manchester.

Barlow was the top finisher among returners a year ago. In her first Classic as a freshman, she ran a time of 25:45.0 to place 199th overall. Hope (Mich.) won that race with a team score of 38, 30 points ahead of second place Bates, while Amy Regan from Stevens Institute (N.J.) was the individual winner with a time of 20:55.9.

This year's meet will feature 54 schools, including HCAC foes Franklin and Manchester. The college women's silver race will be the sixth race of the day and is set to begin at 12:45 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard