Three Panthers earn victories during Hanover Invitational

Heaven Bigelow

HANOVER, Ind. – Behind 12 top five's and three individual victories, the Hanover women's track & field team placed third out of 12 teams at its home invitational Saturday afternoon.

Earning first place finishes for the Panthers were junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and freshman Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.).

Trimpe starts her outdoor season two-for-two, in terms of first place finishes, winning the pole vault Saturday with a height of 3.35m. The junior set the top mark in NCAA Division III two weeks ago at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet, clearing 3.66m (12 feet).

Hunter scored in three individual events, highlighted by a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles, where she crossed the finish line at 1:06.55. The sophomore also placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.32 seconds) and sixth in the high jump, logging a personal best height of 1.54m.

Hunter did rank third in school history in the high jump, but even after a PR, she moved down to No. 4, as Bigelow now holds the third best mark in school history. Bigelow's Hanover Invitational debut saw her clear the 1.59m mark.

Sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) continued her strong season in the throwing events, as she placed inside the top four in three competitions. Galbreath's day was highlighted by a 33.00m toss in the javelin, which was good enough for third overall. The sophomore also placed fourth in the shot put (11.54m) and the hammer throw (43.81m), with her hammer distance setting a new PR and keeping her second in school history.

Freshman Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) moved into third all-time at HC in the hammer throw, placing fifth at the Invitational with a distance of 43.13m. Browning also set a personal record in the discus throw, 32.24m.

Hanover saw second place finishes by the 4x100m relay group and sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) in the 3000m steeplechase as well. The sprint relay group finished in 50.49 seconds, good enough for fourth all-time at HC. Barlow ran and hurdled her way to a time of 12:01.13 in the steeplechase, which puts her fourth in school history. Junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) also ran in the steeplechase, placing fifth with a time of 12:39.91.

Senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) was a member of the 4x100m relay team and the final home meet of her collegiate career also saw her place eighth in the long jump at 4.54m.

Overall, the Panthers tallied 94 points, which was the most for any of the five Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions in attendance. The Blue and Red's streak of having the top NCAA Division III score at its home meet ends at six years, as Berea (Ky.) and Centre (Ky.) took the top two spots this spring with 130 and 120.5 points respectively.

Hanover's April slate opens with back-to-back trips to Greencastle, Ind., with the first of the two coming next Saturday, April 7, at the DePauw Invitational. Competition is set to begin at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester