HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team will have fond memories as they return to the Indiana Division III Championships this weekend after winning the state title in 2017.
The Panthers, who are trekking to DePauw for the second consecutive weekend, will open competition at noon, Saturday, April 14.
THE COMPETITION: Anderson*, DePauw, Rose-Hulman*, Earlham*, Franklin*, Hanover*, Manchester*
* denotes HCAC institution
TRIMPE THREE-FOR-THREE: Junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) has stood atop the leaderboard in each of her three outdoor pole vault outings this spring, including last week's DePauw Invitational, where she posted a height of 3.36m. Trimpe, who is the defending champion at the Indiana Division III meet, also has the eighth best mark in NCAA Division III this season, 3.66m.
GALBREATH GUNNING FOR TOP MARKS: Sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) has been Hanover's top thrower over the past year and a half and will continue to try to work her way up the school's top five list this weekend. As a freshman, Galbreath used the Indiana Division III Championships to place her second in school history in the shot put (11.78m), a mark that still stands, and the hammer throw, which she a new PR for last week at 45.86m. The sophomore is also slated to compete in the javelin this weekend and has a top-five seeded mark in all three events.
HURDLE CREW: Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) have paced the Panther hurdlers this season and both sophomores will compete in the two hurdle events this weekend. Hunter has the top 400m hurdle time this spring, 1:06.55, and has won both of her outings in the event. Witt recorded the squad's best 100m hurdle time of the season last weekend at DePauw, placing third with a mark of 16.87 seconds. Both athletes rank among the top three in the HCAC this season.
JUMP! HOW HIGH?: The Blue and Red are scheduled to enter four athletes into the high jump this weekend, including Hunter, senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.) and freshman Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.). All four athletes are seeded at 1.48m or higher, including Bigelow, who has the squad's top mark this season, 1.59m. The first-year's height was set at the Hanover Invitational two weeks back, where she placed first at the meet and moved into third in program history.
UP NEXT: Hanover will have its final preparations prior to the HCAC Outdoor Championships, as they travel to compete in the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 20.
Contact: Tyler Jester