ANDERSON, Ind. – Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) broke her own school record in the weight throw, while classmate Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) won the men's 400-meter dash as Hanover track & field competed at the Anderson University Fred Wilt Invitational Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Panthers sent 10 total athletes from their men's and women's squads to Anderson and were led by the performances from Browning and Hunter. Hanover posted nine top five finishes at the meet.
Browning placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 15.34m, breaking her previous school mark of 15.31m. Her toss ranks seventh in the Great Lakes region this indoor season.
Fresh off winning the 400m at last week's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor championships with one of the top 20 times in the country, Hunter clocked in at 49.61 seconds this past Saturday for another victory. The sophomore has placed inside the top four in all five 400m races this winter, with his last four appearances including two wins and two second-place showings.
In preparations for the multi's next week, junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) had solid performances at Anderson. Hunter placed second in the high jump at 1.55m, while also finishing fourth in the 800m run, clocking in at 2:31.58. Sheryak set a personal record in the 1000m run, 2:56.78, as he crossed the finish line second.
A trio of women's athletes placed in the top five in the pole vault, including senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), who won with a height of 3.55m. The senior has cleared 3.50m on three occasions this winter, including her school-record mark of 3.66m. Classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) placed third with a personal-best height of 3.35m, while sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) followed in fifth, clearing 2.90m.
Additional women's performances on the track came from seniors Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.). Hamilton improved her PR in the 1000m run by 12 seconds, as she clocked in at 3:13.91, good enough for second at the meet and second in school history. Stump, who set a personal record in the 5K at last week's HCAC Championships, continued her stellar indoor campaign with a PR in the 3000m run Saturday. The senior raced in 11:33.12, an eight-second improvement on her previous best time.
Rounding out the men's performances were freshmen Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) and Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.). Hanson, who set the 800m school record last week, posted a time of 52.85 seconds in the 400m at Anderson, moving him into the top 10 in program history. Johnson added a time of 2:11.30 in the 800m, placing sixth in his heat.
Hanover will continue the final stretch of the indoor campaign when the team sends a select number of athletes to compete at the Ohio Northern Last Chance meet next Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.
Contact: Tyler Jester