Women's track looks for continued success at RHIT Friday Night Invite

Erin Trimpe
Photo credit: Michelle Witt


Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's track and field team is prepared to compete at the Rose Hulman Friday Night Invitational, an event that the Panthers have claimed third place or better in since 2014.

The action will commence at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, with the women beginning after the men's weight throw. Heat sheets for the meet will be made available by Friday morning.

THE COMPETITION: Campbellsville (Ky.), DePauw (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.)*, Hanover (Ind.)*, Kentucky Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman (Ind.)*, St. Norbert (Wisc.).

*denotes HCAC institution

LAST YEAR AT FRIDAY NIGHT INVITE: In the 2018 campaign, the Blue and Red claimed a second-place finish after a pair of consecutive third-place showings in 2017 and 2016. In the field events, seniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) each broke the school pole vault record. Both then-juniors recorded a height of 3.33 meters to finish first and second, respectively.

Junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) also had herself a day as she moved into third all-time for HC with a shot put distance of 11.50m, which would claim runner-up in the event. She would also slot third in the weight throw with a toss of 13.34m.

On the track, a trio of juniors in Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio), and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) stood out for Hanover with top placements. For Hunter's sake, she claimed victory in the 400m dash, crossing the line at 1:03.27. Henderson and Witt each claimed fifth-place finishes in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles with times of 8.45 seconds and 10.68 seconds, respectively.

PERFORMANCE LIST RETURNERS: Of the 27 returners on the 39-person roster, 18 of them have registered statistics that are among the top 10 Panther performances. Trimpe currently holds the pole vault record, now set at 3.58m; meanwhile, Clancy's 3.33m vault at the Friday Night Invite in 2018 still claims the second spot.

Hunter has several marks of her own on the board, including third-bests in program history for the 400m dash (1:01.82) and high jump (1.55m). Moreover, she's been a part of numerous relay teams, including the 4x200m relay team that holds the second-fastest time in Panther lore at 1:49.23.

Henderson has set some of the best times in the sprints, as her 200m finish of 27.39 is third all-time. Additionally, her 8.20 60m time is fifth in the school books.

On top of her record-setting outing at last season's Friday Night Invitational, Galbreath owns the second-farthest weight throw in Hanover history with a distance of 14.58m.

UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will continue their indoor season next weekend on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, with a split squad. Some runners will head to Terre Haute for the Engineer Invitational while others will trek to Indianapolis to compete in the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic.

Contact: Tyler Jester