Hillsdale - Emily Oren is the Regional Champion!

Hillsdale - Emily Oren is the Regional Champion!

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The Hillsdale College women's cross country team enjoyed the experience of qualifying for the NCAA national championships last year, it decided to do it again this year. In the process of doing so, Hillsdale produced a regional cross country champion.

The Chargers, ranked in the nation's top 10 all season long, are headed back to the NCAA Division II championships, thanks to their second-place finish at Saturday's Midwest Regional Meet, held at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

The seventh-ranked Chargers finished with 76 points, following only the No. 1 ranked Grand Valley State University with a score of 42. Wayne State University and Malone University will also move on to the national meet.

Junior Emily Oren continued her success, crossing the finish line first with a time of 20:45.4, nearly 10 seconds faster than the next finisher. Oren nearly broke her season best time (20:43.4) from Oct. 25, a meet also held at USI. Oren becoming the individual champion at one of the country's toughest regions makes her a top contender for the individual national championship in two weeks.

Junior Kristina Galat finished in 8th place overall with a time of 21:15.6. Freshman Hannah McIntyre ran a time of 21:32.4, taking 18th.

Sophomore Molly Oren ran a time of 21:40.1 and junior Kathryn Royer finished with a time of 22:21.1. Amy Kerst finished with a time of 24:03.2.

The Oren sisters, along with Galat and McIntyre – the GLIAC Freshman of the Year – were all named All-Region thanks to their outstanding performances.

The team will compete in the national meet in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 6.