HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's cross country program is set to send sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) back to the NCAA Division III National Championships for the second consecutive season. The race will be held in Louisville, Ky. at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 23.
SETTING THE SCENE: The women's championship race will take place at 11:45 AM, Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission have teamed up to serve as host of the event. This marks the second time the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will take place in the state of the Kentucky, as well as the second time Spalding has hosted a national championship.
A SEASON AGO: Arig Tong will look to improve on her freshman performance from a season ago where the Columbus, Ind. native finished 115th overall with a time of 22:40.0. Tong ranked as the ninth highest freshman, landing her among the top half of the field that featured over 100 schools from all across the country.
FAST FORWARD: The sophomore continues to improve running her best race late in the 2019 campaign. After a tough terrain at the HCAC Championship, Tong bounced back running her fastest 6k race to-date earning All-Region honors with an 11th place finish in a time of 21:47.0. She is no stranger to the front of the pack claiming three top 10 finishes including a first-place mark as part of the Hanover Invitational.
HISTORY AT NATIONALS: Before Tong stepped onto the scene in 2018, the Blue and Red had sent three women to the NCAA Division III National Championships for a total four times. Erin Matson in 2001, Leah Peelman made back-to-back trips in 2004 and 2005, and Emily Cochard in 2007. Peelman currently holds the school's best finish, a seventh-place mark, and the program's fastest time at the national meet, 22:14.0.