RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's cross country team travels to Purdue University for the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Friday.
The Meet: The women's championship race will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the open race commencing at 5 p.m. Both races will be run at a six-kilometer course.
The Teams: Virtually every school in the state of Indiana, regardless of division, will be competing in West Lafayette this weekend. The six Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) schools from Indiana (Anderson, Earlham, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, Rose-Hulman) will be racing.
The Coaches: Claire and Rob Hewitt both enter their second seasons at co-head cross country coaches at Earlham. Last season, the Hewitt's led the Quakers to a sixth-place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) conference. Prior to coming to Earlham, Claire worked at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant women's cross country coach while Rob had been a high school cross country and track & field coach at national powerhouse Germantown Friends High School (Pennsylvania) since 2004.
The Runners: Earlham has yet to run a six-kilometer race this season, but faired very well in the five-kilometer Wittenberg University Invitational. Freshman Ana Sosa-Ebert placed third with a time of 20:20.9. She went on to earn HCAC Women's Runner of the Week honors. Freshman Ellie Haland (20:37.9) and junior Rachel Wilkins (20:39.02) finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Championship Race: Sosa-Ebert, Haland and Wilkins will all be raching in the championship race at 3:30 p.m. The Quaker trio will be joined by senior Mia Kaplan, juniors Gabby Abrahms and Leah Johnson and freshmen Mairead Blatner, Lindsey Gearin and Jasmine Lorenzana.
Continuing the Momentum: The Quakers are looking to continue to race well as Earlham finished second at the Wittenberg Invitational on Sept. 2.
Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @EarlhamXCTF on social media for updates on the meet.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham has a weekend off before hosting the Pat Tomas Invitational on Sept. 30.