TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Paced by an individual runner-up finish by sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), the Hanover College women's cross country team finished second overall at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Meet held at LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course on Sunday afternoon. The second place finish is the highest finish by the Panthers dating back to the 2015 season.
Joining Tong on the podium were teammates sophomore Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.), senior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.), sophomore Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind.), and senior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.).
Tong crossed the finish line with a time of 23:13, tying her career-best finish in the meet. Her runner-up finishes the past two seasons are the best by any female Hanover runner dating back nearly a decade.
Medcalf finished within the top five earning All-HCAC honors with a time of 24:14, good enough for fourth overall. Teammates, Naghdi placed sixth overall in a time of 24:30 to help solidify a top performance by the Blue and Red.
Osmun garnered All-HCAC honors for Hanover as she finished 14th overall with a time of 25:36.
Also earning Honorable Mention honors, Barlow turned in a top 20 finish with a time of 25:50 placing her 19th overall.
The team results saw Manchester win the title with a meet low 27 points, followed by Hanover with 45 points. Rose-Hulman took third with 87 points, Bluffton fourth with 96 points, and rounding out the top five Earlham with 152 points.
Next up for Hanover will be the Great Lakes Regional Meet on Saturday, Nov. 16. The race will be held at the Calvin College Gainey Athletic Complex.