Browning breaks weight throw record to highlight season opener for women's track

Erin Browning

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team opened its 2019 indoor season at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes, as sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) headlined the performance with her record-setting performance.

Browning's strong start to the season featured a first place finish in the weight throw, where she posted a mark of 15.31m, breaking the six-year-old record by nearly an entire meter. The sophomore added a sixth place finish in the shot put.

The throwing events were a strong point overall for HC, with four total athletes posting top eight finishes. To go along with Browning's performance was freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.), who placed fourth in both throwing events. Her shot put mark of 10.57m places her sixth in school history, while the weight toss of 12.27m is now seventh-best for HC. Senior Hannah Gregory (Columbus, Ind.) set a personal record in the weight throw, 10.59m, while junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) paced the Panthers in the shot put at 11.00m and a third place finish.

On the track, Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), who became the first freshman runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships back in the fall, won the mile race with a time of 5:29.53. Tong crossed the finish line nearly six seconds before the next runner as she moved into seventh in school history.

Adding a personal record of her own was junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), who placed second in the 200m dash with a time of 27.66 seconds. Senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) and freshman Riley Austin (Hagerstown, Ind.) also competed in the 200m, placing fourth and sixth overall with times of 28.43 and 28.61 seconds, respectively.

Austin was joined by sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) in the high jump, where the duo tied for fourth place with a height of 1.48m. Austin moved into the program's top 10 list for the event, while Bigelow, the co-school recorder holder, has now top 1.46m in four of her five career indoor outings.

Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) added a top five finish in the pole vault, where she posted a height of 3.12m. Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.), in her collegiate debut, was fifth during the 60m dash prelims, 8.45 seconds, before placing seventh in the finals' race at 8.48 seconds.

Washington (Mo.) earned the team championship after securing 98.33 points. Rose-Hulman added 28 points, while the Panthers were third with 20.66 points. Manchester rounded out the team scoring at 14 points.

Hanover will return to Terre Haute, Ind. again next weekend, Jan. 18, when the team competes in the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester