Panthers prep for Transylvania Invitational

Amanda Stump

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College women's track & field team continues it 2019 outdoor slate with the two-day Transylvania Invitational this weekend.

SETTING THE SCENE: After opening the 2019 outdoor slate last week at NCAA Division I Murray State (Ky.), the Panthers head back to the Bluegrass State for competition against Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions. The Transy Invite will open Friday, March 22 with the javelin throw at 5 p.m. and a 7 p.m. 10,000m run. Saturday, March 23, will see field events begin at 10 a.m., while track events are slated for an 11 a.m. start. The meet will take place at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on the campus of Transylvania. PARKING | HEAT SHEETS | GENERAL INFO

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: Alice Lloyd (Ky.), Asbury (Ky.), Berea (Ky.), Brescia (Ky.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Capital (Ohio), Clarke (Iowa), Georgetown (Ky.), Hanover* (Ind.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Midway (Ky.), Mount St. Joseph* (Ohio), Pikeville (Ky.), Southern Indiana (Ind.), Spalding (Ky.), Thomas More (Ky.), Transylvania* (Ky.) and Wilmington (Ohio)

VAULTING TO THE TOP: Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) has picked up where she left off during the 2018 outdoor campaign, a season that saw her qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Trimpe's 2019 outdoor debut had her record a school-record height of 3.73m in the pole vault, a mark that leads all of Division III early on this spring. For her efforts at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird meet, Trimpe was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week. As a junior, Trimpe placed 10th at the outdoor national championships.

BOOMTOWN: Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) tossed their way into the school record books during their first outdoor meet of 2019 at Murray State. Browning now owns the school record in the hammer throw, 47.65m, and moved into fourth all-time in the shot put with a distance of 11.02m. Grider opened her outdoor career with the sixth-best discus toss at HC, 35.48, and ranks fourth in Panther lore in the hammer throw at 42.97m.

GOING THE DISTANCE: A quartet of Panthers posted solid performances at Murray State last weekend, led by freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.), who placed second overall in the 5000m run with a time of 18:16.79. The freshman will now try her luck in the 1500m run this weekend.

The trio of senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.), junior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Zoe Adams (Louisville, Ky.) will be back in the 5K again this weekend. Stump and Adams posted sub-20-minute times at Murray State, while Naghdi battled through illness to finish in 20:01.73.

Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) will be making her outdoor debut this weekend in the 3000m steeplechase. Barlow sits second in school history in the event after posting a personal-best time of 11:47.91 last spring.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will close out the month of March with their annual home invite. The Hanover Invitational is slated for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester