Women's track & field wins 18-team Transylvania Invite

Ariel Barlow

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover women's track and field team won five events at the Transylvania Invitational en route to a team championship in the field of 18 teams Saturday, March 23.

To go along with the five individual victories, the Panthers accumulated 11 additional top five finishes. Hanover totaled 123.5 meet points to hold off Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 111, and Berea (Ky.), 102, for the team championship. The Blue and Red are winning their second team title of 2019, also taking the DePauw Invitational this past indoor campaign. The last outdoor title came in 2017 during the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.

Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) continued her stellar start to the outdoor season, placing first in the pole vault with a new stadium record height of 3.65m. Trimpe entered the week with the top pole vault mark in NCAA Division III at 3.73m. Joining the senior in the event was classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.), who placed third with a personal-best clearance of 3.50m.

Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) also broke a Pat Deacon Stadium record, as she placed first in the hammer throw at 49.32m. Her toss broke her own school record she set last week at 47.65m. Browning was also fifth in the shot put, 11.75m, moving into third in school history.

Additional success in the throws came from freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.). Grider led the team in the discus throw, posting the fifth-best mark in school history, 36.86m. The freshman also logged a shot put distance of 10.45m to move into eighth in Panther lore.

Three other victories came in the distance events on the track. Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) led for most of the 1500m run to win with a time of 4:57.73. Tong now ranks 10th in school history. Senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) was third in the 1500m race with a time of 5:09.35.

Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) debuted her 2019 outdoor campaign Saturday afternoon, winning the 3000m steeplechase. Barlow led throughout, clocking in 14 seconds faster than the next competitor at 12:03.72.

A trio of athletes posted top five finishes in the 5000m run, led by freshman Zoe Adams' (Louisville, Ky.) victory. Adams set a personal record by over 30 seconds with a time of 19:17.98, as she rallied late to earn the victory. Junior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) also posted personal-record, sub-20-minute marks in the event, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

The relays were a strong area for the Panthers as well. The 4x400m group of senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.), junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), sophomore Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) and freshman Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.) clocked in at 4:17.03 to place second overall.

Hunter was also third in the 400m hurdles (1:07.18) and fourth in the high jump (1.55m) with a personal-best height. Carroll scored in the 400m dash with a time of 1:04.63.

Burnett and Carroll were joined by freshmen Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.) and Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) on the 400m relay squad, which finished fourth at the meet and moved into seventh all-time at HC with a time of 51.06 seconds. Harsh recorded the third-best jump in school history in the long jump, 5.20m, placing second, while also finishing seventh in the 100m dash at 13.17 seconds.

The Panthers will look to continue their strong start outdoors when they host the Hanover Invitational at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30. The Blue and Red have won their home meet in four of the past eight seasons.

Contact: Tyler Jester