Hanover women win sixth straight HCAC All-Sports Trophy, men finish second

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its men’s and women’s all-sports trophy winners Monday afternoon, as the Hanover women finished first for the sixth straight year and eighth time overall, while the Panther men were second in 2016-17 standings.

The HCAC sponsors nine sports officially in both the men and women’s all-sports standings, including basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer and tennis for both genders. The conference also sponsors baseball and football for men, and softball and volleyball for women. Schools can also earn points if they compete in another conference for field hockey, lacrosse and swimming.

Hanover’s women earned at least a share of six HCAC championships during the 2016-17 year, totaling 71.7 points to outlast Rose-Hulman, 64.33, for the top spot. The Blue and Red’s total in 2016-17 is the school’s second highest mark all-time, behind a 74.5-point performance in 2014-15.

The Panthers took home first place finishes in women’s golf, indoor track and field, tennis and volleyball, while sharing conference championships in women’s soccer and outdoor track and field.

Overall, HC has won eight all-sports trophies since 1998-99, the inception year of the HCAC. The Panthers have finished in the top three of the women’s standings 17 times since the 1993-94 season, when the league was formerly known as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.

On the men’s side, HC recorded 58.5 points, ranking second in the final standings for the second consecutive year. The 58.5 points ties last year’s mark for the most in the school’s history, dating back to the 1988-89 campaign. Rose-Hulman took the top spot with 73.0 points, winning its sixth straight HCAC men’s all-sports trophy.

The Panthers only logged one regular season championship on the men’s side, men’s basketball, but added three third place finishes in men’s cross country, soccer and tennis to help build up their point total.

For sports that crown both regular season and tournament champions, the final regular season standings are how the points are divvied out. Points are also allocated during meet championships in the three running events and golf.

Contact: Tyler Jester


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