Cross Country Heads to HCAC Championships Saturday

Cross Country Heads to HCAC Championships Saturday



RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College cross country team heads to Hanover College for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships on Saturday.

The Course: The men's eight-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. while the women's six-kilometer race will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m. Course maps for both races ca be found by visiting the links above.

The Teams: All ten teams from the HCAC will compete in the meet – Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Earlham, Franklin College, Hanover, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Transylvania University.

The Coaches: Earlham is led by a pair of first-year, co-head coaches. Claire Hewitt comes to Earlham from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as an assistant women's cross country coach while her husband Rob had been a high school cross country and track & field coach at national powerhouse Germantown Friends High School (Pa.) since 2004.

Men's Runners: Senior Gabriel Penk, sophomore Daniel Kibet, and freshman Oliver Daniel set personal bests at the last eight-kilometer race the Quakers ran – the Jenna Strong Invitational hosted by Wilmington College two weeks ago. Penk finished in 26:13.4 while Kibet and Daniel both finished the race in under 28 minutes.

Women's Runners: Sophomore Rachel Wilkins had a personal-best time of 19:46.8 at the Jenna Strong Invitational, a race with the same length course as the HCAC Championships. Senior Kellan Steele, junior Mia Kaplan, sophomore Lauren Cole, and sophomore Victoria Trezona all finished in under 22 minutes.

All-HCAC Distinction: The top 12 runners in the race will capture All-HCAC honors with the next eight finishers named Honorable Mention All-HCAC.

Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @EarlhamXCTF on Twitter for updates on the meet.

Up Next: Earlham will run at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Hope College in Holland, Mich., on Nov. 12.