Women's Cross Country Tabbed to Finish Fourth in the HCAC Preseason Poll

Women's Cross Country Tabbed to Finish Fourth in the HCAC Preseason Poll

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Hanover women's cross country team has been picked to finish fourth this fall at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship announced Wednesday afternoon by the league office.

The Panthers received 57 points in the 2019 edition, while Manchester claimed the top spot with 74 points and five first place votes. Bluffton gathered 70 points and two first place votes to finish second followed by Rose-Hulman with one first place vote and 64 points.

The Panthers captured a fourth-place finish at the 2018 Cross Country Championship under the guidance of third year head coach Brady Wells ('83). Sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) paced the way for the Blue and Red as she claimed a runner-up finish at last seasons Conference Championship, garnering Freshman of the Year honors. The runner-up finish was a program-best dating back nearly a decade.

The sophomore was placed on the HCAC runners to watch list alongside teammates Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.), Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) and Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.).

The Blue and Red open the 2019 season on Saturday, August 31 at the Franklin Grizzly Invite.