HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's cross country team will travel to North Manchester, Ind. Saturday, Oct. 28 to compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
As has been the case all year, the Panthers have taken every other week off from competition. The Blue and Red last ran at the Jenna Strong Wilmington Fall Classic October 13th, where they finished 23rd out of 32 schools.
Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) was the team's top finisher. Barlow ran the second best 5k time of her career with a 20:57.3, which was good for 77th place overall. Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) also placed in the top 100. Hamilton finished in 90th place out of 300 total runners with a time of 22:38.4.
This year's race will mark the first time Manchester has hosted the event since 2008. Franklin took home the team title that year, while the Panthers finished fifth with a team score of 126, 11 points behind Rose-Hulman for fourth. The top individual finished the race in 23:32.7, just over 20 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Hanover, which was picked to finish third in this year's HCAC Preseason Poll, finished third in last year's conference championships in Hanover. Of the team's top seven finishers from that meet, three will compete in this year's race. Hamilton finished 23rd overall out of 103 runners with a time of 26:27.79. Junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) placed 37th with a time of 27:07.31.
This year's host, Manchester, has won the last two HCAC meets, and was selected to win again for the third time this year. The Spartans had the top four individual finishers last year as Mariah Jordan and Tiffany Harber finished first and second with times of 23:44.53 and 24:16.89 respectively. Both have graduated, but Manchester does return Hannah Wappes and Emily Ewen, who finished third and fourth last year as freshmen.
The Panthers have won five conference championships in school history. Included in those five were back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, and 2013 and 2014.
Start time for the 6k race is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on the Manchester campus.
Contact: Mike Pritchard