Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – With the 2018 outdoor track & field season opening this weekend, we will glance at the Hanover women's track competitors, who are coming off a solid indoor campaign.
As a squad, the track & field team finished third at the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships, giving them a top four mark in each of the program's eight years of existence.
Highlighting the sprinters group is junior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) who has competed strongly in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and the 4x400m relays. Particularly at the 2017 HCAC Outdoor Championships, Burnett shined, setting two personal bests in sprints including a top-five finish in program history for the 400m, with a time of 59.86. Further, she participated in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, each of which was top-three for the HC record books. The 4x400 team's overall time of 4:07.95 was first in the event and helped the Panthers attain an overall co-championship with Manchester.
Senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) will look to contribute as a strong veteran force heading into her final season. Running primarily the 100m dash, her career-best time is 13.58. Pennell has shown versatility over her career, competing in sprints, the long jump, high jump and relays.
Sophomore Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) had an impressive showing in her debut for the Panthers. Last season, Henderson quickly established herself as one of the stronger sprinters on the squad. Her 100m time of 12.64 ranks third in squad history, while her 200m time of 26.54 is among the top 10.
Sophomores Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) lead the hurdlers. In her inaugural season, Hunter garnered a top-five finish in the HC record books in the 400m hurdles, clocking in at 1:05.78 at the HCAC Outdoor Championships. Witt has specialized primarily in the 100m hurdles, with a PR of 16.47. Both women are capable of running either race, however, making them both intriguing to watch this season.
Leading the distance runners are junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) and sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.). Stump has participated in a variety of the field events but found a strongpoint in her arsenal last season in the 3000m steeplechase. Her time of 11:52.55 ranks third all-time for the Blue and Red despite it being her first year running the event. Meanwhile, Barlow looks to build off her solid first season in which she ran the 10,000m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase, and the 1500m. Barlow similarly fared well in the steeplechase, with a PR of 12:27.10 at the HCAC Outdoor Championships.
Hanover opens the outdoor season Saturday, March 17, at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.
Contact: Tyler Jester