Lapel’s Loller getting high marks, on and off the track, at AU

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Lapel’s Noelle Loller, a sophomore at Anderson University, won the 10K at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet last month. Anderson University Athletics

ANDERSON — Lapel’s Noelle Loller is raking in the honors during her sophomore season at Anderson University.

A distance runner on the AU women’s outdoor track and field team, Loller was one of 37 Raven student-athletes to recently earn academic all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards for the spring sports season.

The HCAC recognized student-athletes who earned at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average after the fall 2020 semester and had completed at least two semesters at their current institution.

Last month at the conference meet in Terre Haute, Loller won the HCAC 10K, racing to first place with a time of 39 minutes, 13.64 seconds.

Loller secured the win by 36.32 seconds and held a separation of 1 minute, 42.26 seconds from third place.

It was the program’s first distance conference title since Candace DeLong won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2012.

“Noelle Loller winning the 10K was in her training plan since August,” Anderson coach Sol Stephens said.

Anderson scored 64 points and placed fifth out of 10 teams.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the conference meet went.” Loller said. “Winning the 10K was a dream come true and runner-up in the 5K topped it off. I’m so grateful for all my coaches and teammates that have helped me come this far! I am extremely proud of how all the girls did! We had PRs all around. Placing fifth as a team was amazing considering we were short a few girls. It was really great to see everyone’s hard work pay off.”