Pole vault record falls as Panthers place second at Friday Night Invite

Erin Trimpe

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the first event of the indoor season, a pair of Hanover women's track & field athletes broke the program's pole vault record, while the squad finished second overall at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.

Juniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) both posted a mark of 3.33 meters in the pole vault, finishing first and second respectively. Trimpe cleared her first attempt at 3.33m to secure the first place finish. Both athletes past the school mark of 3.27m, which was set last season by Clancy. Hanover had the only four pole vaulters to score Friday.

Clancy went on to lead the Panthers in the 60m hurdles as well, logging a fourth place finish and a time of 10.40 seconds.  

Nearly adding another school record Friday was freshman Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.). In her first collegiate meet, Bigelow posted a high jump mark of 1.55 meters, which was good enough for second at the meet and is now second all-time in the program's history.

Senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) gave HC two top three finishes in the high jump, where she logged a height of 1.45m. Pennell also set personal records in the long jump (4.79m) and 200m (29.12), logging fifth and ninth place finishes.

Hanover had a pair of athletes perform well in the field throwing events as well, with sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) and freshman Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) combining for four, top-six finishes in the shot put and weight throw. Galbreath placed second in the shot put with a HCAC-leading distance of 11.50m. She also finished third in the weight throw at 13.34m. Both of the sophomore's distances set new personal records.

Browning adding a third place finish in the shot put, tallying a mark of 10.48m. The freshman also launched a weight throw of 12.81m, good enough for sixth place.

The 400m saw a pair of Panthers finish in the top five, including sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Hunter's time of 1:03.27 was good enough for first place Friday evening. Junior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ind.) raced across the track in 1:03.91 to finish fourth in the event.

Both Hunter and Burnett were a part of the 4x200m relay team that placed second with a time of 1:52.04. The duo was joined by Pennell and freshman Sydeney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.).

Three other top five finishes came from freshman Emma Schmidt (Greenwood, Ind.), and sophomores Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.). Schmidt was fourth in the shot put, while Henderson and Witt competed in the 60m and 60m hurdles, respectively.

Hanover finished with 120 points Friday, which was good enough for second overall, as Rose-Hulman earned the team victory with 155 points. The Blue and Red were one of just three women's teams to tally over 100 points in the meet.

The Panthers will look to build off their season opener with a pair of meets next weekend, Jan. 26 and 27, at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational and the Indianapolis Tom Hathaway Classic.

Contact: Tyler Jester