Women's cross country seek redemption at great lakes regional

Morgan Hamilton


HANOVER, Ind. – One year ago, the Hanover College Women's Cross Country team left the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional meet with a bad taste in their mouth. The Panthers had finished 33rd out of 35 teams in the meet and scored over 1000 points for the first time in program history. While the results have improved and produced more favorable outings, the team has still not forgotten the disappointment of that day.

Now, one year later, the Red and Blue will look to redeem themselves as they travel to Shelbyville, Ind. to compete in the 2018 edition of the race.

Coming off a fourth place finish in the HCAC Championships, the Panthers have high hopes for a strong showing this Saturday. They are likely to be led by freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) who was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year only two weeks ago. Tong will be looking to qualify for the national meet by placing in the top-seven runners not on an advancing team.

She is likely to be followed by upperclassmen teammates Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garret, Ind.). Barlow and Stump finished only twenty seconds apart from one another two weeks ago and are hopeful to add their name to the top-20 all-time list for the six kilometer event. Both runners earned honorbale mention accolades at the conference meet. 

The final two scoring spots are likely to be filled by some combination of senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.), freshman Zoe Adams (Louisville, Ky.), and freshman Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.). This trio has been swapping order for much of the season and will work together to improve the team standings overall.

The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and will feature more than thirty teams from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

Contact: Logan Wells