Seven members of Hanover College's women's cross country team earned all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as the Panthers claimed their first league championship since 2001.
Hanover scored 47 points to outpace second-place Manchester University by nine points.
Junior classmates Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.) and Claire Hinshaw (New Castle, Ind.) led the Panthers, finishing sixth (23:22.30) and eighth (23:33.0), respectively.
Freshman Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) finished just a one spot back of Hinshaw, running a season-best 23:34.
Sophomore Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished 11th overall (23:37.2), running a personal record by more than 40 seconds.
All four runners claimed all-conference honors.
Sophomore Teresa Wiczynski (Columbus, Ind.) completed the Panthers' scoring, running 23:59.3 in her first race at the six-kilometer distance.
Senior Janelle Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) claimed honorable mention all-conference honors for the second–straight year, running 24:23.8 to place 15th.
Freshman Mailika States (Indianapolis, Ind.) also earned honorable mention all-HCAC honors, running a season-best 24:39.3 to finish 18th.
Hanover coach Josh Payne was named the Heartland Conference women’s coach of the year as the Panthers snapped a streak of wins four straight wins by Manchester.
With the win, Hanover is the first Heartland Conference team to win championships in indoor track, outdoor track and cross country within the same calendar year.
Published Saturday, November 2, 2013