Women win second straight all-sports award

For the second consecutive year, Hanover College’s women’s athletic program has earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s All-Sports Trophy.

The effort marks the fifth time Hanover’s program has captured the women’s all-sports trophy in the past 20 years. The Panthers also earned the HCAC’s award in 2011-2012, 2000-2001 and 1999-2000. The program collected the honor in 1994-1995 when the league was known as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Hanover’s women’s teams won Heartland Conference championships in indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, as well as posting second-place finishes in both golf and cross country.

The Heartland Conference sponsors team championships in nine women’s sports, including basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball.

The all-sports race focuses on the total points an institution's teams receive based the finish in the final HCAC standings for each sport.

Hanover earned 61.0 points with their collective finishes in the Heartland Conference standings. The Panthers held off Franklin College and Transylvania University (Ky.) to claim the award.

Franklin finished second in the all-sports standings with 60.7 points, while Transylvania finished third with 59.0. Manchester University (54.7 points),  the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (54.5 points) and Defiance College (42.2) rounded out the top half of the league.