Hanover's women's cross country team placed second and the men were sixth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships Saturday in Bluffton, Ohio.

The women put all five scoring runners in the top 19 spots to finish as conference runner-up for the second time in three seasons. The Panthers scored 62 points to Manchester's 42.

Sophomores and former high-school teammates Mackenzie Dye and Claire Hinshaw, of New Castle, Ind., each posted top-12 finishes to earn all-conference honors.

Dye was fifth overall with a time of 24:09.9, while Hinshaw was ninth in 24:33.1.

Rachel Smith, Kaleigh DeBeck and Janelle Lantz each finished inside the top-20 to grab honorable mention all-conference recognition and complete the Panthers' scoring. Smith was 13th in 24:52.2, DeBeck was 16th in 25:08.6 and Lantz was 19th in 25:25.6.

The rest of Hanover's women included: Nikki Lewis, 29th, 26:05.2; Rachel Effinger, 37th, 26:24.2; Meghan Fox, 41st, 26:47.6; Bailey Davis, 59th, 27:48.4; Kelsey Hill, 65th, 28:09.4; Alisha Turnbow, 73rd, 28:33.0; Nikki Johnson, 83rd, 29:20.5; Caitlyn Bowman, 86th, 29:55.4; Alina Skwarcan, 91st, 30:40.1; Lauren McGee, 94th, 31:37.4; and Anni Titchenal, 95th, 32:25.7.

Franklin's Hillary Cain won the race with a time of 22:49.9. Mount St. Joseph's Amanda Shelby was second in 23:01.1.

Hanover's men scored 124 points to take sixth among the 10 HCAC teams. The Panthers were just one point out of fifth place and seven points out of fourth.

Logan Wells, a sophomore from Scottsburg, earned all-conference honors with a 10th-place finish in 26:58.8. Brendan Kelly, a junior from Indianapolis, covered the 8K course in 27:34.5 to place 17th and earn honorable-mention all-HCAC recognition.

The rest of Hanover's men's times were: Drew Elston, 26th, 27:54.2; Jason Holcomb, 39th, 28:31.1; Ben Franke, 40th, 28:35.9; Mathew Holcomb, 53rd, 29:26.3; Andy Kain, 55th, 29:33.4; Richie Sellers, 57th, 29:39.3; Brock Hartness, 75th, 30:49.9; Jacob Brundies, 86th, 31:17.4; Nate Kremer-Herman, 96th, 32:53.5; and Daniel Turnbow, 97th, 33:00.8.

Manchester won the men's race with 27 points. Rose-Hulman was second with 83 and Franklin was third with 97. Franklin's Kris Sandlin was the top individual in 26:11.9.

Hartness and Lewis were each named to the Heartland Conference's all-sportsmanship team.

Women's soccer secures 3rd seed in HCAC tourney

Hanover's women's soccer team secured a spot in this week's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a 3-0 win at Defiance (Ohio) on Saturday.

Hanover claimed the No. 3 seed in the HCAC's four-team postseason tournament. The Panthers will play at No. 2 Transylvania (Ky.) University on Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

Hanover scored early, then added two goals in the final 30 minutes to seal the squad's 13th win of the season. The effort matches the second-highest victory total in school history along with a 13-5-1 finish in 2009.

Autry Graham, a freshman from Versailles, Ky., headed a corner kick from junior forward Paige Byers of Noblesville into the net to put the Panthers on the scoreboard in the 12th minute.

Hanover outshot the Yellow Jackets 25-7 in the match, but were kept out of the net again until the 71st minute when Rachel Alvis, a freshman from Cincinnati, connected in the lower right corner for an insurance goal.

Jennie Dumaine, a senior from California, Ky., punched a rebound into the goal in the 88th minute for the final margin.

Senior defender Shannon Grueter from Cincinnati, led the Panthers' offensive effort with five shots. Graham, who netted her second goal of the season, had three shots, while Byers had three of Hanover's 12 shots on goal.

Goaltender Bethann Hancock, a senior from Lexington, Ky., stopped three shots.

Hanover, now 13-4-1 overall, finished 6-2-1 in the HCAC.

Men's soccer ends season with 1-0 win at Defiance

Vicente Munoz scored in the 89th minute to lift Hanover College's men's soccer team to a 1-0 conference win over Defiance (Ohio) Saturday on the road.

Munoz, a freshman from Santiago, Chili, converted a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box into the upper right-hand corner of the net to give Hanover its seventh victory of the season.

The goal by Munoz was his third of the season and second game-winner for the Panthers.

Defiance outshot Hanover 6-4 in a scoreless first period. The Panthers had a 14-4 advantage on attempts at the net in the second half, including five shots in the final 10 minutes of action.

Hanover had nine shots on goal, with six coming in the second period.

Matt Flora, a sophomore from North Vernon, led Hanover's attack with four shots. John Wittich, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, Drew Servais, a sophomore from Carmel, and Joaquin Acuna, a freshman from Santiago, Chile, had three shots each.

Goalie Trevor Korfhagen, a sophomore from Cincinnati, had three saves for the Panthers. He faced just one shot on goal from Defiance in the decisive second half.

The Yellow Jackets end their season at 3-15-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Hanover close out its season with a 7-7-4 overall record and a 3-4-2 mark in the HCAC.