Trimpe, Harsh lead strong showing for women's track at Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invite

Erin Trimpe

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team recorded a pair of individual victories en route to nine top-five finishes at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.

Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) each tallied wins Friday to lead the Panthers to 77 total points and a third place finish. Trimpe won the pole vault with a height of 3.27 meters. She was joined by sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.), who placed third in the event with a mark of 2.82m. The two combined for 16 points for the team.

Harsh moved into third on the school's all-time performance list in the long jump after posting a distance of 5.17m. The freshman is one of just three athletes in program history to clear the five-meter mark.

Harsh was also a member of the 4x200m relay team that moved into 10th all-time at HC with a mark of 1:52.37. The freshman was joined by classmates Riley Austin (Hagerstown, Ind.) and Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), as well as senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) during the relay race.

Austin added a height of 1.43m in the high jump, good enough for fourth place. The freshman has now cleared 1.40m in both of her first two collegiate appearances. Carroll's collegiate solo debut, the 200m dash, saw her clock in at 28.34 seconds.

The 3000m run was another event that supplied points for HC, as three runners combined for 16 points. Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) paced the Panthers with a time of 11:17.46, a new personal record, to place second overall. Classmates Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.), 11:45.70, and Madison VanWinkle (Moores Hill, Ind.), 13:40.62, also scored in the event.  

Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) posted a personal-best time of 9.97 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles prelim, placing sixth in the initial race. During the finals' run, Hunter clocked in at 10.17 seconds, good enough for seventh overall. The junior added a height of 1.53m in the high jump, which placed her second overall.

A trio of throwers scored Friday night, highlighted by sophomore Erin Browning's (Greensburg, Ind.) third-place finish in the weight throw. A week after setting the new school record in the event, Browning logged a toss of 13.83m. In the same event, senior Hannah Gregory (Columbus, Ind.) PR'd by nearly five feet, as her mark of 12.16m placed eighth in the field Friday. Freshman Emma Shockley (Scipio, Ind.) placed sixth in the shot put to lead Hanover with a distance of 9.11m.

Junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) debuted her season with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump. Witt compiled a distance of 9.69m.

Rose-Hulman earned the team victory with 128 points, while Millikin (Ill.) placed second with 118.5 points. Hanover bested both scholarship-based schools, Campbellsville (Ky.) and Kentucky Wesleyan, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Blue and Red will return to action next weekend, with split-squad trips to Terre Haute and Indianapolis. Select athletes will return to Rose-Hulman for the Engineer Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25, while others will compete in the two-day Tom Hathaway Distance Classic, which also begins next Friday.

Contact: Tyler Jester