HANOVER, Ind. –The Hanover women's track and field team will continue its 2019 indoor campaign with trips to the University of Indianapolis and Rose-Hulman this weekend.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers' third weekend of competition will feature some athletes traveling to Rose-Hulman once again, while others will head north to UIndy for the two-day Tom Hathaway Distance Classic. Hanover will see some of its best competition of the season, as both meets feature scholarship-based institutions from the NAIA, as well as NCAA Division I and II.
LAST TIME OUT: The Blue and Red recorded a third place finish at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, back on Jan. 18. Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) headlined the effort with individual victories in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. Harsh's performance was also good enough to earn Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference field athlete of the week honors. The freshman logged a jump of 5.17m, which currently stands as one of the best marks in the Great Lakes region this winter.
TRIMPE, JONES TO VAULT AT RHIT: Erin Trimpe and sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) will be the lone women's competitors at the Engineer Invite this Friday, Jan. 26, as they both will appear in the pole vault. Trimpe, the school record holder in the event, is coming off the aforementioned first place finish at Rose-Hulman last weekend, logging a height of 3.27 meters. The senior's personal- and program-best indoor clearance is 3.58m. Jones ranks third all-time at HC with a personal record mark of 2.90m. The sophomore has appeared in the event twice already this season at RHIT, posting matching heights of 2.82m.
HARRIERS HEADING TO INDY: The Panthers will have a trio of runners that will travel north to compete at UIndy this weekend. Senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) is scheduled to enter the 400m dash and will be joined by classmate Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) on the opening night, as she will compete in the one mile run. Hamilton will then enter the 800m run on Saturday and fellow cross country partner, senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.), will try her luck in the 3000m run. Burnett has run the 400 once this season, logging a time of 1:05.47. Hamilton has entered both of her scheduled events once this season, setting new personal best times of 2:39.82 and 5:54.22 in the 800m and one mile runs, respectively. Stump posted her 3K personal record back on the opening weekend of the 2019 season with a mark of 11:53.9.
HUNTER BEGINS QUEST FOR PENTATHLON RECORD: Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will try to use the indoor season to chase down Savannah Hubbard's 2017 school record in the pentathlon of 3,243 points. In two appearnces, one in each of her first two season with HC, Hunter is averaging a cumulative score of just over 2,700 points per outing. As a sophomore, she logged a personal-best total of 2,862 points, which ranks second in school history.
Hunter will compete in the five-leg event on Friday, before entering the 60m hurdles Saturday, both of which will take place at UIndy. Junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) will join Hunter in the sprint hurdle Saturday. Both runners have career-best marks under 10 seconds.
BROWNING HEADLINES WEIGHT THROW TRIO: Three of Hanover's top weight throw athletes in program history will compete at UIndy on Friday afternoon, including school record holder, sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.). Browning has placed inside the top three in both of her appearances this season, including a first place finish with her program-record distance of 15.31m back on Jan. 11. Her mark is still among the top 35 nationally in NCAA Division III. Freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) and senior Hannah Gregory (Columbus, Ind.) have also moved into the top 10 in program history this winter with marks of 12.27m and 12.16m, respectively.
UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will open the month of February with a trip to Ohio Northern. Hanover is slated to compete in the Joe Banks Invitational, beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.
Contact: Tyler Jester