Women's track & field sweeps HCAC athlete of the week awards

Headshots of award winners

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover women's track & field team swept the first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete of the week awards of the 2019 season, as the honors were announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) were announced as track and field athletes of the week, respectively, after each earned a first place finish at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes season opener last weekend.

After a successful cross country campaign, which saw her qualify for the national championships, Tong debuted her track collegiate career with a victory in the one mile run. The freshman used a strong final 400 meters to race across the finish line in 5:29.53. Her mark was six seconds faster than the next competitor and ranks her seventh on the school's all-time leaderboard. The mile time for Tong is also the fourth fastest mark in the Great Lakes region.

Off the track, Browning paced a strong HC showing in the throwing events with a first place finish in the weight throw. The sophomore cleared 15.31m in her best toss last Friday, which set a new school record and bested the field at Rose-Hulman by over one meter. Her toss currently ranks third in the Great Lakes region and 27th across NCAA Division III. Additionally, Browning added a sixth place performance in the shot put, as her distance of 10.40m is also among the regional leaders.

Hanover is receiving both of the HCAC track & field athlete of the week awards for the first time since the fourth edition during the 2014 outdoor campaign. The Panther men also received an award on Monday, giving the Hanover track & field program three honors in the same week.

The Blue and Red continue the 2019 indoor slate with another trip to Rose-Hulman this Friday, Jan. 18. Competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., inside the RHIT Fieldhouse.

Contact: Tyler Jester