NORTH MANCHESTER, Indiana – The Earlham College women's cross country team finished the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships in fourth place on Saturday, marking a 2-spot improvement from a sixth place finish in 2016.
Earlham tallied 94 points with three finishers inside the top 15. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed the HCAC title with 56 points while host Manchester University and Bluffton University took second and third respectively.
"We got into position well and fought hard to finish fourth in a tight team race," Co-Head Cross Country Coach Rob Hewitt said. "I really liked how our women took risks and in most cases they paid off with great performances."
Ellie Haland and Rachel Wilkins earned All-HCAC honors by finish in the top 12 individually. Haland placed eighth by running the 6-kilometer course in 23:58.49 while Wilkins took 12th with a time of 24:12.22. Ana Sosa-Ebert fell one place short of All-HCAC recognition, but instead garnered Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors by crossing the finish line in 24:12.22 for a 13th place finish.
Haland, Gabby Abrahms, Lindsey Gearin, Vi Tran, Jasmine Lorenzana, Shabnam Fayyaz, Jemayla Nelsonwood, Emma Ramalingam, Eliza Balch and Joyce Li all set season-best times for 6-kilometer courses on Saturday.
"There is so much to be proud of with three women being recognied with All-HCAC honors compared to just one last season," said Hewitt. "We have every reason to believe in ourselves with our culture, excitement and how much these women care about each other. It's a good time to be a Quaker!"
The Quakers will have a week off before heading to the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on Nov. 11.