HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team is set to open the 2019 season this Friday, Jan. 11, at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes. To celebrate, we close our annual preview series with a look at the returning field athletes.
Competition at Rose-Hulman is set to begin at 6 p.m. this Friday, inside the RHIT Fieldhouse. For the complete meet schedule, visit the link above.
The Panthers are coming off a 2018 campaign that saw them place third at both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor championships. Hanover will be searching for its fourth HCAC indoor title this winter and first since 2017.
Below is the outlook for some of the top returning field athletes for Hanover.
"This is an incredibly deep area for us this season and is our largest Throws group ever," stated head coach Brian Power. Erin and Eve will challenge the school record in the weight throw, with Eve also looking to defend her outdoor conference shot put title."
Galbreath, a 2018 first team outdoor and second team indoor all-conference selection, currently sits second on the program's shot put and weight throw lists. The now junior logged her personal best marks at last season's HCAC meet with distances of 11.58m in the shot put and 14.58m in the weight throw. In 10 total indoor events last winter, Galbreath never placed outside the top eight and in her overall collegiate career, she has 10 top three finishes.
Browning's debut campaign with the Blue and Red saw her move into the top five on the program's throwing lists. With a shot put distance clearing 10 meters in five of her six indoor appearances last season, Browning sits fifth in school history with a personal-best mark of 10.65m. In the weight throw, the sophomore's career-best mark of 13.35m ranks fourth in program history.
"This group put in terrific work this fall and we are eager to see this young group continue to improve and challenge the rest of the HCAC," added Power.
POLE VAULT: Arguably one of the most talented groups in the country, senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) leads the women's pole vault group at Hanover. Trimpe is coming off a 2018 outdoor season that saw her place 10th in the event at the NCAA Division III National Championships, the highest field finish for a Panther women's athlete at the national outdoor event. The senior is the school record holder for both outdoor (3.72m) and indoor (3.58m), as she logged the school-record mark three times during the last indoor season. With 17 top five's in her career, the 2018 USTFCCCA Academic All-American won four indoor events last winter.
Senior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) provide solid depth to the vaulting group. Clancy, who has held the school record at certain points of her collegiate career, logged a personal-best mark of 3.33m last season, which ranks second in program history. The senior has placed inside the top six at all three HCAC indoor meets she has participated in and has cleared the three-meter mark 12 times in her career.
Jones currently sits third on the school's all-time list, having a personal-best height of 2.90m. During her initial indoor campaign in 2018, Jones competed six times, logging two third place and one fifth place finish.
JUMPS: A quartet of returners, along with a bevy of talented newcomers will provide depth for the Panthers in the jumping events. Headlining the group are sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.).
"We expect Heaven to continue to better her high jump school record mark she currently shares with Frannie Larson," said Power. "Kenna has the ability to score at the conference level in all three jumps, plus we project her to be one of the top pentathletes in the Great Lakes region and look forward to seeing her challenge national qualifier Savannah Hubbard's school record mark of 3,180 points."
Bigelow's first season with HC saw her tie a five-year old school record in the indoor high jump, 1.58m, while also moving into third on the outdoor list at 1.59m. Her initial indoor slate, which saw her compete four times, had the now sophomore add heights of 1.55m and 1.46m while placing fourth at the HCAC championship.
Hunter scored in six total events at the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships, including the high jump and triple jump, where she placed fifth and sixth respectively. A two-time indoor all-HCAC selection, Hunter ranks among the top 10 in school history for all three jumping events, including the high jump (1.55m, 3rd), long jump (4.77m, 6th) and the triple jump (9,89m, 9th). All three of her performances came last winter. The junior has also competed in the pentathlon twice in her career, logging over 2,500 points both times. Hunter's top mark came last season with 2,862 points.
Ellis, who specializes in the long jump, competed just once last indoor season, logging a distance of 4.55m. In 2017, the now junior placed fourth in the triple jump, 9.88m, and sixth in the long jump 4.78m, at the conference championships. Her triple jump mark is currently among the top 10 in school history.
Witt competed in the triple jump for the first time in her collegiate career in 2018, logging a top five finish in all three appearances. The junior placed third at the HCAC Indoor Championships with a distance of 10.34m, which ranks fourth in school history.
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