Hanover College's women's track and field team has been selected as the front-runner to win the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor championship. The Panthers held off second place Rose-Hulman by eight points, receiving nine first place votes in a poll of the conference's 10 head coaches.

Rose-Hulman will look to claim its second indoor championship at the meet this February, as the Engineers totaled a second-best 87 points including one first place vote.

Franklin placed third in the poll with 80 points. Manchester finished fourth with 70 points and was followed by Anderson (64 points), Defiance (53), Bluffton (35), Mount St. Joseph (29), Earlham (22) and Transylvania (15).

Hanover earned the school's first indoor championship last winter, holding off second place Rose-Hulman by a single point. The Panthers received only one first place finish at the meet, but still managed to earn the title.

Sophomore Briahna Chambers returns after earning the HCAC Most Outstanding Freshman Athlete honor last February. Chambers placed second in the long jump, fourth in the 60-meter dash, and fifth in the 200-meter dash last season.

Hanover's Lexi Vincz, Mackenzie Dye, Emily Boyd and Maggie Noger were also named athletes to watch.

Southwestern graduate Shelby Auxier, a freshman at Transylvania, was also named an athlete to watch.

Hanover's men's track and field team was picked to finish sixth. Rose-Hulman was the unanimous choice to win the title with 100 points and all 10 first-place votes.

Defiance was second with 89 points and was followed by Manchester (76), Franklin (73), Anderson (62), Hanover (41), Earlham (37), Mount St. Joseph (34), Bluffton (27), and Transylvania (11).

Hanover's Andy Orem, Dwayne Eubanks and Richie Sellers were named athletes to watch.