Throws lead women's track to first place finish at DePauw Invitational

Erin Browning

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team posted 15 top five's, including five solo victories, en route to a first-place team finish at the DePauw Invitational Saturday afternoon.

In the field of 12 teams, the Panthers used their final pre-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tune up to record 124.70 total points. Hanover had over 20 scoring performances Saturday, as the team held off Trine (114.50) and Rose-Hulman (108.20) for the top spot in the final standings.

Earning two victories was sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.). Browning won the weight throw with a distance of 15.06m, marking her third performance over 15 meters this season. The sophomore added a toss of 11.62m in the shot put, which won the event at DePauw and moves her into second all-time at HC.

Overall, the Panthers tallied 42 points in the two throwing events, including 23 in the shot put where four athletes placed. To go along with Browning, junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.), freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) and freshman Emma Shockley (Scipio, Ind.) placed second, sixth and seventh, respectively. All three cleared the 10-meter mark, as Shockley moved into the program's top 10 performance list with a distance of 10.13m.

In the weight throw, Galbreath added a fourth-place showing at 14.00m. Grider placed fifth overall with a toss of 13.96m, which also moved her into fifth all-time at HC.

The Blue and Red's third field victory came from freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.), who won the long jump with a distance of 5.08m. Harsh, who also placed eighth in the 200m dash Saturday, has won the long jump twice and has three top four finishes this winter.

On the track, senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) and junior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) earned wins in the 400m dash and 5000m run, respectively. Burnett clocked in at 1:03.23 in the 400, while Naghdi posted a time of 19:55.73 in the 5K. The junior's personal record moved her into ninth in program history.

To go along with Harsh, two other Panthers placed in the long jump. Junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) finished third with the program's fifth-best all-time distance of 4.90m. Freshman Riley Austin (Hagerstown, Ind.) was eighth after logging a mark of 4.59m. Witt leaped to 10.00m in the triple jump to finish fourth, while Austin tied for eighth in the high jump, 1.43m.

Accumulating 15.5 points for the team over four events was junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Hunter's day was highlighted by a second-place performance in the high jump, where she cleared 1.53m. The junior added a personal record in the prelims of the 60m hurdles, 9.94 seconds, which moves her into eighth all-time at HC. Additionally, Hunter was fifth in the 200m (27.43), sixth in the triple jump (9.54m) and tied for seventh with Witt in the 60m hurdle finals at 10.01 seconds.

Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) continued her stellar indoor campaign in the pole vault. Fresh off her school-record setting performance last week, Trimpe placed second at DePauw with height of 3.28m.

More top-five showings on the track came from freshmen Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) and Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), as well as junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.). Tong placed fifth in the one mile run, crossing the finish line at 5:32.48. Carroll was fourth in the 400m with a time of 1:04.50, which falls just outside the school's top 10 list.

Despite running the majority of the race without a shoe, Barlow raced the 3K in 11:17.00, good enough for a new personal record and a fifth-place showing. Freshman Zoe Adams (Louisville, Ky.) scored in the 3K as well, placing eighth with a time of 11:32.02, besting her previous personal record by over 10 seconds.

The Panthers will now turn their attention to the HCAC Indoor Championships, which will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Defiance College (Ohio). Hanover will be looking for its fourth conference indoor title and first since 2017. The Blue and Red were picked by the league's head coaches to place third in a preseason coaches poll conducted earlier this winter.

Contact: Tyler Jester