HANOVER, Ind. – The Earlham College cross country team recorded a pair of sixth place finishes at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Cross Country Championships hosted by Hanover College on Saturday.
The women's team finished with 154 points, 42 points behind fifth place Anderson University. Manchester University won the conference title, placing the first four individual finishers and tallying 22 team points.
Sophomore Rachel Wilkins placed ninth individually for the Quakers, running the six-kilometer race in 25:11.21. The finish earned Wilkins All-HCAC honors.
Senior Kellan Steele was the next Quaker to cross the finish line, doing so in 26:45.8 and a 31st place finish. Junior Sophomore Victoria Trezona finished two places behind Steele while junior Mia Kaplan placed 26th with a time of 27:03.44.
On the men's side, Earlham finished with 159 points as a team, 37 points behind fifth place Anderson. Manchester and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology tied with 59 points each, but Spartans earned the league title on a tiebreaker.
Senior Gabriel Penk placed fifth individually with a time of 26:42.07, improved on his 29th place finish from 2013. Penk earned All-HCAC recognition with his finish.
Sophomore Daniel Kibet was the next Quaker to cross the finish line, finishing in 25th place with a time of 29:01.87. Freshman Daniel Oliver finished four spots behind Kibet.
The sixth place finishes for the Quakers are a three-spot improvement from two ninth place finishes at the 2015 championships.
Earlham will have a week off before travel to Holland, Mich., for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Regionals hosted by Hope College on Nov. 12.