Women look to defend indoor title at HCAC Championships Saturday

Ariel Barlow running

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's track and field team will look for its second straight, and fourth overall, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship Saturday, Feb. 17 when the Panthers travel to Anderson, Ind. to compete in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The meet is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on the campus of Anderson University.

COMPETITION: Anderson (Ind.), Bluffton (Ohio), Defiance (Ohio), Earlham (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), Rose-Hulman (Ind.) and Transylvania (Ky.)


LAST WEEK: Hanover traveled to Greencastle, Ind. last week in the team's final tune-up before the HCAC Championship meet. Junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) continued to raise the bar in the pole vault as she broke her own school record for the third time this winter. Trimpe cleared a height of 3.58m to finish first overall, and was joined in the top five by junior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.). Clancy was second with a vault of 3.20m, and Jones placed fifth with a height of 2.90m.

Junior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) and sophomores Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) and Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) scored in two events each with Galbreath just missing a new school record in the weight throw by only 12 centimeters (14.51m). 

Freshman Erin Browning moved into fourth all-time in program history in the weight throw, while the 4x200m relay team of senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.), Burnett, Hunter and freshman Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) posted the fourth fastest time in school history to place first in the event.

LAST YEAR: Hanover scored 130 points in last year's league championship meet to outlast Rose-Hulman by four points for its third-ever indoor conference championship. The title came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay. Teal Burnett, Brittany Ferrell, Erika Jervis, and Kenna Hunter pulled away at the end to secure the event, and team championship with a time of 4:12.35, the second-fastest effort in program history.

Burnett also won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.03 to set a personal record. Erin Trimpe set a new career record in the pole vault as she and Emily Clancy cleared 3.24 meters. The tiebreaker went to Trimpe as she finished fourth and Clancy fifth, while Eve Galbreath posted the second best mark in school history at the time in the shot put with a throw of 11.02 meters. 

BACK-TO-BACK AGAIN?: The Hanover women have won three HCAC indoor championships in school history. The first two came in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. The Panthers will have a chance this weekend to duplicate that feat as they enter the weekend as the defending league champions.

PERFORMANCE LIST: Hanover will enter Saturday's meet with athletes ranked among the top five in the conference in 10 different events. The Panthers expect to perform well in the pole vault as the group is currently ranked 21st among pole vault groups in NCAA Division III. Erin Trimpe leads the way as she is currently ranked 16th in the country and is tied for the top mark in the league at 3.58m. Emily Clancy had the third best mark at 3.33m. 

The 4x200m relay team enters as one of the favorites as they posted the best time in the conference this season at 1:50.23. Kenna Hunter also brings the top time in the HCAC in the 400-meter dash at 1:01.83.

RETURN TRIP: This will be Hanover's second trip to Anderson's campus as the Panthers competed in the Anderson Invitational two weeks ago. In that meet Casey Pennell and Kenna Hunter led the way with three personal records each, while sophomores Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.), Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and Eve Galbreath added a personal best each. 

UP NEXT: Following this weekend's meet, the Panthers will make their third trip to Anderson for the Fred Wilt Invitational Sunday, Feb. 25. The meet will begin at 3 p.m. in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard