DEFIANCE, OH – Hanover College’s women’s cross country team picked up the school’s fourth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship at Defiance College Saturday. The Panthers posted a score of 47 to hold off second place Manchester (56 pts) in the team standings, earning the school’s first league title since 2001. Hanover placed three runners in the top ten of the individual standings to help pace the team.
Leading the way for the Panthers was junior Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.). Dye finished sixth overall, finishing the 6K course in a time of 23:22.3. Rose-Hulman’s Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La.) won the meet for the first time, posting a time of 22:00.6. Montgomery was named HCAC Most Valuable Runner for her efforts as she claimed the third fastest 6K time in HCAC history.
Franklin placed third as a team with a score of 98 and was followed by Anderson (111), Earlham (141), Rose-Hulman (144), Bluffton (174), Defiance (191), Transylvania (253), and Mount St. Joseph (310).
Montgomery and Dye were recognized as All-HCAC after placing among the top 12 finishers. Joining the duo were Hanover’s Claire Hinshaw (New Castle, Ind.), Cameron Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.), and Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.), Manchester’s Mariah Jordan (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), Brianna Martinez (Schererville, Ind.), and Rachel Weeber (Goshen, Ind.), Franklin’s Hillary Cain (Rushville, Ind.) and Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind.), Defiance’s Eme Miller (Portland, Ind.), and Bluffton’s Anna Hairston (Mansfield, Ohio).
Manchester’s Mariah Jordan was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year for her fourth place finish at the meet. Jordan posted a time of 23:08.5 to lead the second place Spartans.
Hanover head coach Josh Payne was named HCAC Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading Hanover to the women’s title.
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