Women's track & field wins home invitational for fifth time in nine years

Caitlyn Naghdi

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team outlasted eight other teams and non-stop rain Saturday to win for the second consecutive week, placing first at its annual home invitational for the fifth time in nine years.

In unfavorable conditions at Alumni Stadium Saturday, March 30, the Panthers tallied 25 top five finishes, which included five individual victories. Hanover finished with 196.50 points, nearly 100 more than the next closest competitor.

Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) had five total top five finishes, including four in individual events. The junior won the 400m hurdles at 1:06.98 and placed second in the 100m hurdles at 16.75 seconds. Hunter was also fourth in both the long jump (4.98m) and the high jump (1.51m).

Senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) opened the day for HC with a victory in the 10,000m run. Stump battled through a torrential downpour near the end of the race to clock in at 42:07.31. Juniors Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and Madison VanWinkle (Moores Hill, Ind.) also ran in the event, placing second and fourth, respectively, with times of 42:28.23 and 48:44.64. Naghdi now ranks 10th in school history. 

Adding another distance victory was freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.). Tong clocked in with a personal-record time of 18:15.08, keeping her fifth all-time at Hanover. Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) placed fourth in the 5K at 19:26.64.

Seniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) also fought through the first wave of rain to place first and second in the pole vault. Trimpe cleared 3.50m, while Clancy followed at 3.35m.

In the throws, sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) continued to re-write the school record book in the hammer throw. Browning, for the third consecutive week, broke the school record in the event, posting a toss of 50.84m Saturday, which keeps her among the top five marks in the country. The sophomore was also second in the shot put (10.81m) and third in the discus throw (32.74m).

Senior Hannah Gregory (Columbus, Ind.) found success in the throws Saturday as well. Gregory was fifth in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 37.99m. The senior also logged a javelin mark of 20.19m, placing ninth overall.

Hunter, along with freshmen Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.) and Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), and senior Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) finished second in the 1600m relay with a time of 4:16.93. Hamilton added top three showings in the 800m run (2:28.52) and the 1500m run (5:00.73), both of which are season PR's.

Austin scored in the three individual events, including the high jump, where her height of 1.51m was good enough for second overall and move into eighth in school history. The freshman was also fifth in the 200m (27.81) and sixth in the long jump (4.75m). Carroll clocked in at 1:02.49 in the 400m, good enough for third place and a top-10 mark in the school record book.

Leading Hanover's efforts in the long jump was freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.). Harsh leapt 5.12m for second place. The freshman was also second in the 100m dash, 13.44 seconds, and third in the 200m, 27.66 seconds.

Junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.), as well as sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) and Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.) had scoring performances for the Blue and Red also. Witt and Hall competed in the 100m hurdles, placing fifth and seventh, respectively, at 17.66 and 18.01 seconds. Bigelow finished sixth in the high jump at 1.46m.

Hanover was joined by Manchester, 104, and Saint Francis (Ind.), 93, in the top three team scores. Elmhurst (Ill.) and Mount St. Joseph tied for fourth at 67 points to round out the top five.

The Panthers continue their outdoor slate at noon, Saturday, April 6, at the DePauw Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester