Tong tabbed HCAC women's cross country athlete of the week

Arig Tong

INDIANAPOLIS – After a stellar performance at the Wilmington (Ohio) Jenna Strong Fall Classic last Friday, Hanover women's cross country freshman, Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete of the week.

In just the fourth event of her young collegiate career, Tong paced the Panther women with a five-kilometer time of 18:28.4, which was one of six personal records for Hanover last Friday. Tong placed sixth overall and was the first NCAA Division III runner to cross the finish line in the field of over 300 participants. Only four NCAA Division I and one unattached runner finished before the Hanover freshman.

To go along with her top-10 finish, Tong's time was good enough to vault her into third place on the program's all-time performance list. The freshman also posted the fastest five-kilometer time for the program in over a decade. Tong now only trails Leah Peelman (17:55, 2005) and Erin Matson (18:09, 2000) for the fastest 5K time in school history.

As a team, Hanover placed 11th out of 35 teams at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic. In an event featuring institutions from all three NCAA divisions and the scholarship-based National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Blue and Red were fourth in the final Division III standings.

The Panthers are now entering the postseason portion of their schedule, beginning with the HCAC Championships Saturday, Oct. 27. The six-kilometer event is slated to begin at noon in Shelbyville, Ind., at Blue River Memorial Park.

Contact: Tyler Jester