WILMINGTON, Ohio - Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) almost set a new personal best as she led the Hanover women's cross country team at the annual Jenna Strong Fall Classic Friday evening.
The Panthers tied Indiana East with 592 points, but finished ahead the Red Wolves in 23rd place as a result of the tie breaker. While IU-East's top finisher placed higher than Hanover's, the next three Panther runners finished higher than the Red Wolves' next three to give them the edge.
NCAA Division I member Cleveland St. (Ohio) won the women's meet and was the only school to record less than 100 points with a meet-best 45 in the 32-team race.
Hanover's top five runners averaged 22:38 on the 5K course and had two runners place in the top 100. Barlow was the first Panther across the finish line in 20:57.3 to place 77th. The second-year runner just missed setting a new personal best as she finished less than one second (20:56.4) shy of her time at last year's Jenna Strong Fall Classic.
Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) finished second for Hanover. Hamilton ran a time of 21:12.9 to finish in 90th place. Junior teammate Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) ran her second best time of the fall in 22:38.4 to place 160th.
Freshman Cameron Ray (Vevay, Ind.) completed the race with her best time of the year. Ray crossed the line in 22:48.6 to finish 170th, while junior Hannah Miller (Madison, Ind.) completed the team's top five in 250th place with a time of 25:32.7.
There was just over one second difference between the top two individual finishers. Cleveland State's Karen Barrientos took home the individual title narrowly beating Centre's Annie Rodenfels. Barrientos ran a time of 17:59.1, and Rodenfels followed in 18:00.3.
After a week off from competition, Hanover will head to North Manchester, Ind. Saturday, Oct. 28 for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
Contact: Mike Pritchard