MURRAY, Ky. – The Hanover women's track & field team began the outdoor season Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, with senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) each setting school records.
Trimpe, who qualified for the outdoor national championships last spring in the pole vault, reset her school record mark with a vault of 3.73m at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invite Saturday. Currently, Trimpe has the top mark in NCAA Division III.
Browning littered the indoor school record book this past winter and continued her success into the outdoor campaign, breaking the school mark in the hammer throw. The sophomore, who was competing at the Division I, Murray State (Ky.) Margaret Simmons Invitational, placed second with toss of 47.65m. Browning was also seventh in the shot put (11.09m) and eighth in the discus (31.05m). Her shot put distance ranks fourth in Panther lore.
The majority of the team competed at Murray State, a meet that saw HC record 59 points to place fifth in the field of 11 teams. The host-Racers took first place with 319 points.
Joining Browning in the throws was freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.). Grider led the team in the discus, placing as the top Division III athlete and fourth overall with a distance of 35.48m, ranking sixth in school history. The freshman added a fifth-place showing in the hammer with the school's fourth best toss all-time at 42.97m.
In the pole vault at Murray State, senior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) was third overall, falling to just two Murray State athletes. Clancy's 2019 outdoor debut saw her clear 3.18m.
Continuing the Panthers' success in the field events were junior Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) and freshman Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.) in the high jump. Huddleston moved into the top 10 all-time at Hanover with a height of 1.50m, which was also good enough for fourth at the meet. Austin followed in fifth, clearing 1.40m.
The distance runners also produced a strong showing in the outdoor opener Friday at Murray State. Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) headlined the group with a second place finish in 5000m run, clocking in at 18:16.79. The freshman now ranks fifth in school history.
Additional 5K performances came from freshman Zoe Adams (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.), who placed eighth and ninth respectively. Adams posted her first sub-20-minute time at 19:53.15, and Naghdi followed at 20:01.73. Senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) placed fifth in the 3000m steeplechase as the only Division III runner in the field, clocking in at 12:34.52.
Freshman Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.) raced the 400m in 1:05.23 to finish second place. The 400m hurdles saw sophomore Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.) cross the finish line at 1:14.80, good enough for sixth overall.
Hanover will return to action again next weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, for the two-day Transylvania Invitational.
Contact: Tyler Jester