Jumps, throws lead to third place finish for Panthers at HCAC Indoor Championships

Heaven Bigelow

HANOVER, Ind. – Behind strong efforts in the field events Saturday, the Hanover women's track & field team finished third at the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships, hosted by Anderson.

The Panthers, who were picked by the league head coaches, before the season, to place third at the conference meet, recorded 86 total points. Hanover tallied 52 of its points in field events, just over 60 percent of its total accumulation.

Leading the performances off the track was sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.), who placed second in both the shot put and the weight throw. Galbreath improved upon both of her personal records, inching closer to the program's top marks. The sophomore posted a shot put mark of 11.58 meters and her 14.58m toss in the weight throw puts her just five centimeters shy of tying Emily Boyd's 2013 school record.

A pair of freshmen, Emma Schmidt (Greenwood, Ind.) and Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.), also joined the program's top five list in the shot put, placing sixth and 10th, respectively. Schmidt, who entered Saturday fifth all-time at HC, moved up to No. 3 in school history with a distance of 11.24m. Browning is now among the school's all-time leaders in the event with a mark of 10.65m.

Freshman Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) tied school records in the high jump and pole vault, respectively. Bigelow posted the best of height of her freshman campaign at 1.58m, which was good enough for fourth Saturday. Trimpe tied her own school record of 3.58m in the pole vault, while also tying for the top height at the HCAC championships. Due to the clearing tiebreakers, she placed second overall.

Joining Bigelow as scorers in the high jump were sophomores Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.), as well as senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.). All three athletes posted a height of 1.48 meters, with Hunter and West tying for fifth and Pennell securing eighth place.

Hunter and Pennell, along with junior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) and freshman Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), completed the 4x200m relay in 1:49.23, placing third at the meet and second in school history. The trio of Hunter, Burnett and Claypoole were joined by West to place third in the 4x400m relay as well.

Burnett also had the highest individual finish for the Panthers on the track, placing third in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.06. She was joined by Hunter and Claypoole in the top eight, giving HC three scorers in the event.

Adding a top three finish in the triple jump was sophomore Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.). Witt moved into fourth in school history with a distance of 10.34m. She added a sixth place finish in the 60m hurdles as well.

Rose-Hulman would take the top spot in the team standings, recording 188 points. Bluffton rounded out the top three with 90.5 points.

Hanover will look to improve upon its season best marks and continue qulaifications for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships when they return to Anderson for the third time this season to compete in the Fred Wilt Invitational Saturday, Feb. 24.  

Contact: Tyler Jester