Women's track takes third at ONU Joe Banks Invitational

Photo Credit: Michelle Witt
Photo Credit: Michelle Witt

ADA, Ohio – The Hanover women's track & field team saw several personal records fall Saturday afternoon at the Ohio Northern Joe Banks Invitational.

Returning to full strength Saturday, Hanover recorded 86 points as a team, placing third in a field littered with some of the top teams in the Great Lakes Region. Otterbein would take the top honors with 203 points, while the host Polar Bears were second with 177 points.

Continuing her stellar season was senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.). Trimpe may have seen her first-place finish streak end at two, but she did improve her school record mark in the pole vault to 3.66m. Sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) also scored in the event.
Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) combined for 20 points in the shot put and weight throw. Browning placed second in the weight toss with a mark of 14.54m, while also finishing seventh in the shot put at 10.83m, which is a new personal record. Galbreath's two top-five finishes were led by her weight throw showing, where she was fourth with a distance of 14.02m. The junior also tallied a mark of 10.93m in the shot put for fifth place.

The Panthers continued to find success in the field events Saturday, as the long jump saw four athletes score, led by freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.). Harsh notched a length of 5.13m to place fourth overall. Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) followed in fifth place at 4.84m, while freshman Riley Austin (Hagerstown, Ind.) and junior Teylor Ellis (Mooresville, Ind.) rounded out the scoring in the event.

Harsh also logged the third fastest 60m dash time in school history, 8.13 seconds. The freshman placed second in the event at ONU. Hunter added a second- and fourth-place showing in the high jump (1.56m) and 400m dash (1:02.36), respectively. The junior's high jump mark tied a personal record, which she set last week at the UIndy Tom Hathaway Distance Classic.

To go along with her long jump accolades, Austin placed seventh in both the high jump and 200m dash. The freshman leaped to a height of 1.46m, while sprinting across the finish line at 28.39 seconds, which won her heat. Classmate Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.) placed second in the same 200m heat, as her day was highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 400m race, where she clocked in at 1:04.99.

A pair of distance runners in senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) and freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) moved up the all-time program performance lists. Hamilton placed fifth overall in the 1000m run with a time of 3:25.09, which ranks fourth all-time at HC. Tong's stellar freshman campaign continued with a second-place showing in the 3000m run. The freshman's time of 10:57.72 has her fourth in school history.

The Panthers will look to continue to build on a successful start to the indoor season when they travel to compete in the DePauw Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. next weekend.

Contact: Tyler Jester