DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover women's track & field team surpassed the century mark at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships to place second out of 10 teams Saturday.
The Panthers posted numerous top three finishes en route to a team total of 131.5. Hanover has now posted a triple-digit final score in six of the HCAC's nine years of hosting the indoor meet. Rose-Hulman won its second straight HCAC Indoor title with 163 points. Manchester rounded out the top three with a total of 80 points.
Has been the case all winter, the throws group continued to be a key contributor to the Blue and Red's overall success. A trio of throwers in junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.), sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) accounted for 37 points Saturday.
Galbreath logged Hanover's lone individual championship with a win in the shot put. The junior moved into second in school history with a mark of 11.79m. She was third in the weight throw with a distance of 14.90m, which also places her second in Panther lore.
Browning matched Galbreath's 16 points, which tied for the team lead, as she finished second in both throwing events. The sophomore opened with a toss of 11.52m in the shot put before closing with a weight throw mark of 15.23m, her fourth occurrence over the 15-meter mark this winter.
Also accumulating 16 points for the team was freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.). Tong moved up to third on the program's leaderboard in the one mile run, clocking in at 5:22.57. The freshman added a 3000m performance of 10:43.41, as both times were good enough for second overall.
To go along with Tong, Hanover had four other distance performances score at the conference meet hosted by Defiance College. Senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) and junior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) got the day started in the 5000m run with times of 20:13.12 and 20:28.14, respectively, to place fourth and seventh. Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) was seventh in the 3K, 11:15.66, while senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) placed eighth in the mile with a nine-second personal record of 5:38.44.
Additional second-place showings in the field events came from senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.). Trimpe competed in the pole vault, where she cleared 3.52m. Harsh added a length of 5.16m in the long jump, just missing out on a personal record mark. The freshman went on to place fifth in the finals of the 60m dash with a time of 8.21. Senior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) joined Trimpe in the pole vault, where she placed fifth with a height of 3.27m.
All three relay teams placed third Saturday to pick up 18 points for the team. Highlighting the performances were the 4x200 and 4x400m relays, which both moved into the top 10 in program history. Harsh, senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.), junior Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) and freshman Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.) clocked in at 1:50.13 in the 4x200, good enough for fifth all-time at HC. Burnett and Carroll were joined by junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) in the 1600m relay, which ranks ninth at Hanover with a mark of 4:21.47.
Hunter had a solid individual showing as well, tallying 13 points on her solo events. The junior had three top-five placements, including the 400m dash (1:03.53), high jump (1.50m) and triple jump (9.46m). Additionally, she was eighth in the long jump at 4.87m.
Carroll and Burnett joined Hunter in the top eight of the 400m, recording times of 1:30.95 and 1:04.46, respectively. Carroll's mark moves her into sixth in school history. In the 60m dash, Henderson placed seventh in the finals with a time of 8.30.
Junior Michell Witt (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) also scored in the jumping events. Witt placed fourth in the triple jump at 9.74m, while Bigelow was eighth in the high jump at 1.45m. Witt also tied a personal record in the 60m hurdle finals, where she crossed the finish line at 10.01 seconds.
Sophomore Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.) followed one spot behind Witt in the sprint hurdles, clocking in at 10.65 seconds in the finals. She also PR'd in the prelims with a time of 8.48.
Hanover will now have a select number of athletes continue the indoor campaign, as they attempt to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships. The stretch begins with the Anderson University Fred Wilt Invitational at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23.
Contact: Tyler Jester