Tong makes program history as first freshman runner at NCAA Cross Country National Championships

Arig Tong

WINNECONNE, Wis. – Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) closed out a stellar freshman season at Hanover College by placing 115th in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships held at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Tong, who was the ninth highest placing freshman in the race, finished in a time of 22:40.0 for the six-kilometer race. She also finished in the top half of a field which featured over 100 schools from all around the country.

Tong is only the fourth female NCAA national qualifier in school history and is the only freshman to achieve that feat. She wraps up her 2018 campaign with All-Region honors in the Great Lakes Region and a runner up finish in the HCAC Championship which earned her the Freshman Runner of the Year award.

Paige Lawler of Washington University won the event in a time of 20:55.0 and led her squad to the team championship with a one point win over defending champion Johns Hopkins University.

Tong will look to continue her success this winter and spring as she suits up for the Hanover College Track and Field team for the first time.

Contact: Logan Wells