Panthers to welcome top competition for Hanover Invitational this weekend

Kenna Hunter

HANOVER, Ind. – After a week off, the Hanover women's track & field team returns to action this Saturday, March 31, as they host their annual home invitational.

The Panthers will welcome a stacked field of competition to Alumni Stadium this weekend, which will feature a bevy of All-American athletes. Field events and the 10,000-meter run will open competition at 11 a.m. Saturday.

THE COMPETITION: Adrian (Mich.), Berea (Ky.), Centre (Ky.), Franklin*, Georgetown (Ky.), Hanover*, Manchester*, Mt. St. Joseph*, Pikeville (Ky.), Spalding (Ky.), Thomas More (Ky.), Transylvania*, Trine (Ind.)

*denotes HCAC institution

MEET INFO: Event Schedule  |  Heat Sheets and Live Results links will be available Friday

TRIMPE TOPS IN THE COUNTRY: Junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) used her outdoor debut, back on March 17, to break her own school record in the pole vault, setting the new mark at 3.66m. The junior, who cleared 12 feet, currently has the top pole vault mark in NCAA Division III and at the time of competition, ranked among the top 75 nationally across all divisions. Her performance also won her HCAC Field Athlete of the Week honors, as well as a nomination for HEROsports National Hero of the Week award.

PANTHERS WIN THREE EVENTS AT ROSE-HULMAN EARLY BIRD: Hanover enjoyed three first place finishes in its outdoor opener at Rose-Hulman a few weeks ago, including Trimpe's pole vault performance. Joining the junior atop the podium were sophomores Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Barlow took the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:18.31, while Hunter won the 400m hurdles at 1:06.74. Hunter also placed second at the meet in the high jump, as her mark of 1.53m is third in school history. The trio of athletes also enjoyed success at the 2017 Hanover Invitational, each recording top five marks in the same events they competed in during their 2018 outdoor debuts.

HOME SWEET HANOVER: The Hanover women have enjoyed success at their home invitational in recent years, in fact, the Panthers have been the top scoring NCAA Division III team every year from 2011-2017. The Blue and Red have also been the overall champion in four of the past seven seasons, including back-to-back first place finishes in 2015 and 2016. Hanover's 74 total points were good enough for fourth overall last year, but the squad was first out of nine NCAA Division III teams last spring.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Hanover will honor its senior athletes at 10:30 a.m., prior to the start of competition … Sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) is coming off top three finishes in the shot put and javelin throw at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet and is inside the top five all-time at HC in all four throwing events … The Panthers, who are defending co-champions of the HCAC outdoor season, were picked to finish third at the conference meet this spring.

Contact: Tyler Jester