Hanover's women won their first championship in 12 years and the men scored their best finish since 2005 in Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference cross country championships at Defiance, Ohio.

The Panther women put all five scoring runners inside the top 15 to claim the win with 47 points. It was their first HCAC title since 2001 and made Hanover the first team in HCAC history to win conference crowns in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same calendar year.

Manchester finished second with 56 points while Franklin was a distant third with 98. Rounding out the women's results were: Anderson, fourth, 111; Earlham, fifth, 141; Rose-Hulman, sixth, 144; Bluffton, seventh, 174; Defiance, eighth, 191; Transylvania, ninth, 253; and Mount St. Joseph, 10th, 310.

Four of Hanover's five scorers earned all-conference honors. Junior teammates and New Castle natives Mackenzie Dye and Claire Hinshaw led the way, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 23:22.30 and 23:33. Freshman Cami Trachtman was ninth, running a season-best 23:34 and sophomore Rachel Smith was 11th in 23:37.2, a personal-best time by more than 40 seconds.

Sophomore Teresa Wiczynski, a native of Columbus, completed the Panthers' scoring, finishing 13th in 23:59.3. Senior Janelle Lantz placed 15th in 24:23 and freshman Mailika States placed 18th in a season-best 24:39.3. All three were named All-HCAC honorable mention.

Bailey Davis, a junior, was named to the HCAC All-Sportsmanship team while head coach Josh Payne was also named HCAC women's cross country coach of the year.

In the men's race, Hanover finished fourth with 133 points. Manchester won the conference title in a dominating fashion, scoring 22 points while Rose-Hulman was a distant second with 60 and Bluffton scored 92 to round out the top three. Other scores were: Defiance, fifth, 137; Anderson, sixth, 148; Franklin, seventh, 150; Earlham, eighth, 191; Transylvania, ninth, 286; and Mount St. Joseph, 10th, 313.

Logan Wells, a junior from Scottsburg, was Hanover's lone representative on the All-HCAC team. Wells finished ninth in 26:43.1. Senior Brendan Kelly was All-HCAC honorable mention, placing 20th in a lifetime-best time of 27:16.2. Jake Hally, 35th, 27:51.3; Drew Elston, 46th, 28:19.3; and Jason Holcomb, 49th, 28:27.7 rounded out the Panthers scoring. Hally was named to the HCAC's All-Sportsmanship team.

Hanover's women now run in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Grand Rapids, Mich.