Harriers improve 13 spots as Tong earns all-region

Arig Tong

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover College women's cross country team improved 13 spots from their 2017 results to finish 20th overall Saturday at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet.

Led by freshman standout Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), the Red and Blue scored a total of 519 points and placed fourth out of ten HCAC schools in competition. Tong led the charge with a team-high 13th place finish in a time of 22:12.8 to earn herself all-region honors. That time also moves her up to second all-time in Hanover history for the six-kilometer event and has a chance to qualify her for the 2018 NCAA DIII National Championships held next weekend in Wisconsin.

Following Tong was junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) who etched her own name into the all-time top-20 list with a time of 23:43.6 to finish 72nd. This ranks number 16 all time at the six-kilometer distance.

The Panthers rounded out their scoring with efforts from senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) who placed 127th in a time of 24:34.2, freshman Zoe Adams (Louisville, Ky.) who placed 158th in 25:32.4, and senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) who placed 165th in 25:42.3.

The Yellowjackets of Baldwin Wallace won the team event with a score of 114 while Allegheny College finished second with 121. Both teams will automatically advance to the national meet next week.

Contact: Logan Wells