Tong Qualifies for the NCAA DIII Championship to Lead Women's Cross Country

Tong Qualifies for the NCAA DIII Championship to Lead Women's Cross Country

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Hanover College women's cross country team improved five spots from their 2018 results to finish 15th overall Saturday at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet.

Led by sophomore standout Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), the Blue and Red scored 444 points and placed 15th overall. Tong led the way with an 11th place finish, improving two spots from a season ago to claim All-Region honors. The sophomore ran the six kilometer race in a time of 21:46.73 to qualify for the 2019 NCAA DIII National Championships held next weekend in Louisville, Ky.

Following the sophomore was Brianna Medcalf with a 43rd place finish and a time of 22:38.9. The Panthers rounded out the scoring with efforts from senior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.), sophomore Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind.), sophomore Maddie McHugh (Coatesville, Ind.), and freshman Alexis Gurr (Chalestown, Ind.).

Naghdi crossed the finish line in a time of 23:26.2 for a 92nd place mark, while Osmun registered a 138th place finish and a time of 24:34.6. McHugh and Gurr crossed the finish line in 160th and 204th place respectively.

John Carroll won the team title with 83 points followed by Baldwin Wallace with 84 points. Both team qualify for the NCAA DIII Championship.