Fayyaz leads women’s XC at HCAC championships

Shabnam Fayyaz

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Fourth-year junior Shabnam Fayyaz was the top Earlham College runner in the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championship, held Sunday at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center's LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Fayyaz posted a time of 26:15.6 on the 6K course, and was 26th in points.

Sophomore Shianna Bellingham joined Fayyaz among the top 30 finishers with a time of 26:32.2, good enough for 28th in points.

First year Elena Stirn was 31st in points with a time of 26:40.5, while junior Mairead Blatner was 33rd in points and crossed the finish line in 26:57.0. Sophomore Serena Pisacano was Earlham's fifth scoring runner with a time of 27:05.4, and was 34th in points.

Sophomore Miette Hennesey (27:26.8) and third-year sophomore Jasmine Lorenzana (27:38.8) were the pushers for the Earlham women, and were 40th and 43rd respectively in points.

Earlham women's cross country finished fifth out of nine teams in the meet with 152 points.

Manchester won the HCAC women's cross country championship for the second straight year and the eighth time in program history with 27 points, well ahead of second-place Hanover College with 45 points.

Manchester senior Hannah Wappes won the individual title with a time of 22:50.6, nearly 23 seconds ahead of the nearest runner, Hanover's Arig Tong (23:23.0).

Earlham women's cross country will next compete at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship, which will be held November 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.