NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Four of the Hanover women's cross country runners competing in the HCAC Championships Saturday set personal records, as the Panthers finished sixth overall in the league meet.
Hanover had its top three individual finishers all set new personal records en route to top 30 finishes in the field of 85 runners. Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) paced the Panthers for the second consecutive meet, as she finished in 23rd place. Barlow set a new PR in the six-kilometer event with a time of 24:55.18.
Juniors Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) also posted career low times, placing 25th and 28th respectively. Hamilton finished at 25:18.80, while Stump followed at 25:24.25. The two have now combined for six, sub-26 minute 6K times in their careers.
Rounding out Hanover's scoring were junior Hannah Miller (Madison, Ind.) and sophomore Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.). Miller crossed the finish line at 29:21.97, which was her second fastest 6K time of her career. West added a time of 30:15.60.
The fourth Panther to record a PR was sophomore Madison Van Winkle (Moores Hill, Ind.). Van Winkle concluded her run with a time of 31:45.97.
The Panthers finished with 179 points in the final team standings, as the sixth-place finish snapped a seven-year streak of top three performances. With two runners inside the top six, Rose-Hulman won its first HCAC women's cross country championship, totaling 56 points. Alexis Cash of Bluffton (Ohio) was the first individual to finish, coming in at 22:57.63.
Hanover will now have a week off as they prepare for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. The Panthers will take to the course in Powell, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 11, at noon.
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