HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College track and field teams are set to travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the 2020 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday afternoon.
HANOVER OVERVIEW: Both the men's and women's track and field teams are coming off a strong weekend at DePauw that saw sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) garner HCAC Athlete of the Week honors. The sophomore recorded a school-record performance in the one-mile with a time of 5:17.29. Her record-setting time propelled her as the favorite to win the HCAC title in the event.
Other top performers from the women's side included freshman Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) and senior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Martin claimed a top finish in the 60-meter dash in a time of 8.07 seconds. The freshman ran a season-best 8.03 seconds on Feb. 7, ranking her the favorite to win the event. Hunter captured a top-five finish in the 60-meter hurdles that ranks her among the top in the HCAC.
Senior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) paced the field for the men as he set a new school record in the weight throw with a toss of 15.93 meters. He enters the weekend ranked third among conference opponents. Freshman Erikmycal Powell (Indianapolis, Ind.) will look to carry his momentum into the Championships after winning the long jump with a leap of 6.30 meters. He currently sits as the favorite to win the event with a distance of 6.99 meters.
PRESEASON PREDICTION: The Hanover College women's track and field team enters the weekend as the favorite to win the conference crown after receiving 95 points and five first-place votes as part of the HCAC Coaches Preseason Poll. The men were projected second overall with 90 points.