Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preview: Field Events

Heaven Bieglow

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - With the start of the 2019 outdoor season just days away, we take a look at the field events of our Hanover women's track & field team.

The throwers are lead by junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) who are coming off of respective first team and second team accolades during the 2019 Indoor calendar. At the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Indoor Championships on Feb. 16, Galbreath garnered her first team selection for winning the shot put with an 11.79 meter toss that now ranks second in program history. She also placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 14.90 meters. Galbreath holds top 10 marks in the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw on the outdoor stage, and all but her discus are among the top 2 in Panther lore.

Browning finished second in both the shot put and weight throw at the HCAC Indoor Championships. In the shot put, she cleared 11 meters for the second consecutive week, while in the weight throw she set a new personal-best of 15.23m. The following week at the Anderson (Ind.) Fred Wilt Invitational, Browning would top her school-record distance by increasing it to 15.34 meters. In the 2018 outdoor track campaign, Browning set a trio of Hanover top 10's in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. At the Hanover Invitational, Browning accomplished the third-farthest hammer throw with a 43.13m distance. Later in the year, she moved into the five longest shot puts for HC at the HCAC Outdoor Championships with a throw of 10.66 meters.

The pole vaulters are headlined by seniors Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.). This duo holds the top vaults in Hanover's record books on both the indoor and outdoor sides. Indoors, Clancy set the second-highest mark with a 3.35 meter leap at the Fred Wilt Invitational, while Trimpe reset the record with a 3.66 meter vault at the Ohio Northern University Joe Banks Invitational on Feb. 2.

Outdoors, both of their PR's are slightly higher. For Trimpe, she cleared 3.72 meters at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Invitational on April 20, 2018, while Clancy jumped a 3.42 at the 2018 HCAC Outdoor Championships for third place and second on the program books. Trimpe is coming off a 10th place finish at last season's outdoor NCAA Division III Championships. 

Jumps are lead by junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), who holds many records in jumps both indoors and outdoors. In the high jump, she set the indoor record at the Ohio Northern Polar Bear Final Qualifier on March 2, when she got a 1.62m height for the school mark. Hunter also holds long jump and triple jump distances that are among the 10 farthest, including her 5.11-meter long jump that is now fourth on the program performance list.

On the outdoor surface, Hunter has an fourth-place high jump (1.54) and eighth-place triple jump (10.15) on the Panther leaderboards. She accomplished the high jump at the Hanover Invitational and the triple jump at Indiana Division III Championships on April 14.

Adding to the jumpers are a pair of veterans in junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.). In the indoor arena, Witt has the fifth-lengthiest long jump on record for HC with a 4.90m at the DePauw Indoor Invitational on Feb. 9. Outdoors, she holds one of the longer triple jumps on the books, as her 9.96-meter bound is ninth in Hanover history.

For Bigelow, her specialty is the high jump, and she holds top spots in both the indoor and outdoor records. In the 2018 indoor campaign, Bigelow tied the indoor high jump mark by posting a then-record 1.58m leap. In her outdoor action, Bigelow hit 1.59 meters at the Hanover Invitational, which was good for third on the program's all-time performance list.

Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) came into the jumps with quick learning, as she excelled in the long jump during her first collegiate indoor track season. At her second meet, the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, Harsh made waves by leaping 5.17 meters for third place on Hanover's all-time leaderboards. While she set a personal-best early in the campaign, she was unwavering, as she never had a jump below five meters in length.

Contact: Tyler Jester