HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's cross country team took home first place in the first virtual race of the 2020 season, featuring Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams, held last weekend.
The race allowed individual programs to record times on their respective campuses and provide the final times which were compiled to determine the final results.
The Panthers, paced by junior Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind. / Columbus North), won the virtual event with 36 total points edging out defending conference champion Manchester. Rose-Hulman finished third overall, while Transylvania took fourth, Franklin finished fifth and Bluffton rounded out the team scores with a sixth place mark.
Tong paced the field for Hanover as she finished second overall, first among the Blue and Red, in a time of 11:58.0. Junior Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind. / Corydon Central) followed her across the finish line with a third place time of 12:12.0.
Also garnering top 10 finishes were teammates sophomore Leah Anders (Rising Sun, Ind. / Switzerland County) in eighth place with a time of 12:42.0 and freshman Cailee Plunkett (Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills) in 10th place with a time of 12:47.0.
Junior Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind. / Fishers) crossed the finish line in 19th place in a time of 13:04.0 followed by teammate freshman Amberleigh Sorensen (Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown) who finished 22nd and record her first collegiate time of 13:11.0.
Rounding out the field for Hanover was freshman Savannah House (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Culver City) finishing 35th overall, sophomore Alexis Gurr (Charlestown, Ind. / Charlestown) garnering a 41st place mark, and sophomore Ashley Senerius (Westfield, Ind. / Westfield) finishing 51st overall.
The next virtual race is slated for the weekend of Sept. 25-27.