Harsh receives first career conference weekly award

Alexis Harsh

INDIANAPOLIS – Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.), of the Hanover women's track & field team, has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference field athlete of the week.

Harsh, who is winning her first weekly league award, becomes the third Panther in two weeks to receive honors from the HCAC. Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) swept the HCAC's first weekly award announcement last week.

The freshman posted the best long jump of her brief collegiate career this past weekend at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, which led to a first-place finish. Harsh logged a distance of 5.17 meters, which is the best mark in the HCAC this indoor season.

The North Vernon-native became just the third athlete in program history to clear the five-meter mark and is one of just two athletes in the HCAC this winter to do so. Harsh's long jump distance is tied for sixth-best in the Great Lakes region and for the week, was the third furthest jump in the region.

Also competing in the 4x200m relay at Rose-Hulman, Harsh, along with her teammates, moved into 10th all-time at HC, racing across the track in 1:52.37. The relay time is the second fastest mark in the conference this winter.

In her brief collegiate career, two appearances, Harsh has the top 2019 indoor marks for the Panthers in the long jump and 60m dash, which she set back on Jan. 11, at 8.45 seconds.

Hanover will continue its indoor campaign this weekend at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational and University of Indianapolis Tom Hathaway Distance Classic. Both meets are scheduled to begin on Friday, Jan. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester