HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team returns to full strength this weekend as they travel to compete in the Ohio Northern Joe Banks Invitational.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers are set to compete in the seven-team field this Saturday, Feb. 2, in Ada, Ohio, at the ONU Sports Center. Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m., while the track events are slated to commence at noon.
COMPETITION: Hanover is the lone non-Ohio institution in the field this weekend, but is joined by fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference school, Bluffton. Outside of the host Polar Bears, Capital, Heidelberg and Otterbein – all from the Ohio Athletic Conference – are slated to appear Saturday. The NAIA's Ohio Christian will also be in the field. The Panthers are one of five teams inside the top 25 of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association's (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes regional rankings. Otterbein holds the top spot in the region and is among the top 50 in the national poll. Ohio Northern, Hanover, Capital and Bluffton rank sixth, 14th, 19th and 22nd, respectively, in the Great Lakes region.
- Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) won the pole vault for the second consecutive week last Friday night at Rose-Hulman. Trimpe has posted a clearance of 3.27m in both of her wins and will be in the field at ONU this weekend. The senior holds the school record mark at 3.58m.
- Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will look to build on a strong mutli weekend, as she is scheduled to compete in three events at ONU – the 400m dash, high jump and long jump. During her personal-record setting performance in the pentathlon last week at the University of Indianapolis, Hunter totaled 2,995 points. The junior set PR's in both the high jump (1.56m) and long jump (4.95m), which stand third and fourth in school history, respectively.
- Returning to the track for the first time since her debut appearance on Jan. 11 will be freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.). Tong ran the one mile race in her indoor collegiate debut, placing first at the meet and seventh in program history with a time of 5:29.53. The heat sheets for this weekend have the freshman in the 3000m run.
- One of HC's top sprinters is back in action this weekend in senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.). Burnett owns the fastest 400- and second fastest 200-meter times for the Panthers this winter, at 1:05.47 and 28.64, respectively. The senior has also logged the fourth fastest mark in school history for both events during her collegiate career.
- Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) is seeded third in the long jump this weekend. Harsh's last outing saw her post a distance of 5.17m, which earned her a first-place finish at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational (Jan. 18), as well as HCAC Field Athlete of the Week honors. Her mark is also the third farthest in school history and inside the top 10 in the Great Lakes region this season.
- Hanover's throwers will be led by sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.). Browning has posted a weight throw toss of 15-plus meters in two of her three outings, including her school-record mark of 15.31m. Galbreath returns to action after a few weeks off and owns the top shot put mark this winter for HC at 11.00m. As a sophomore, Galbreath posted the second furthest distance in program history at 11.50m.
UP NEXT: The Blue and Red continue their pre-conference championship tour with a stop at the DePauw Invitational. The meet hosted in Greencastle, Ind. is slated for an 11 a.m. start, Saturday, Feb. 9. This will be HC's final meet prior to the HCAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 16.
Contact: Tyler Jester