Women’s cross country travels to Ohio this week

team running during warm up

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's cross country team will make its first trip to the state of Ohio this week as the Panthers will compete in the JennaStrong Wilmington Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio Friday, Oct. 13.

As has been the case in previous weeks, the Panthers have been competing every other week, and last participated in the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Sept. 30. That meet saw junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) set a new personal best with at time of 20:45.79 to finish 69th overall out of 265 runners.

Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) also finished in the top 100 with a time of 21:01.03 in the 5k event to finish 91st overall.

Hanover, and many other Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools, have been regular attendees at the annual Wilmington event. The Classic continues to grow each year with many recent years seeing close to 40 competing teams.

From 2004 through 2008 the Panthers finished among the top seven teams each year, with a high of fourth in 2006 when the meet averaged just over 18 teams per year. Since 2012, an average of 37 teams have competed. During that span, Hanover's top finish came in 2012 when the Blue and Red finished eighth overall out of 33 schools.

Hanover finished 13th out of 38 schools last year with a team score of 448. Four current team members competed in last year's meet led by Barlow, who posted the best finish among the four. The sophomore finished 134th out of 367 runners with a time of 20:56.4.

The race will be the 25th time the Quakers have hosted the Classic, and the fifth time since it's been run in honor of Jenna Parlette, a former Wilmington runner who collapsed during a race in 2013 and passed away three days later.

The women's 5k #JennaStrong race is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Contact: Mike Pritchard