Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's track and field team will look to elongate its string of success with a trip to the DePauw Invitational this weekend. The Panthers will square off against the field beginning at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 6.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Blue and Red are coming off of their second consecutive team win this season at the Hanover Invitational on March 30. This was one of many recent successes in the program-hosted event: in nine years, HC has garnered five victories. In total, the women scored 196.50 points, almost 100 more than the next closest squad total.
BROWNING AND HUNTER SWEEP WEEKLY AWARDS: Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards for their respective performances. Hunter received the award for scoring in three different track events. In the 400 hurdles, Hunter claimed victory with a time of 1:06.98, which was the second-fastest time in the Great Lakes region that week. Moreover, she finished second in the 100 hurdles, crossing the line at 16.75 seconds.
As for Browning, she broke her own program mark in the weight throw for the third consecutive week with a throw of 50.84m to become the first woman in Panther history to eclipse the 50-meter barrier and rank among the national leaders. In addition, Browning registered second and third place appearances in the shot put and discus, with distances of 10.81m and 32.74m, respectively.
FIELDING THE COMPETITION: Seniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) have each excelled in the pole vault this year. Trimpe has been top five in every meet of the indoor and outdoor campaigns; on the outdoor stage, Trimpe has not come lower than first thus far. At the Hanover Invitational, Trimpe topped the field by clearing 3.50 meters. Clancy got 3.35m of air at the Hanover Invitational for second-place, and recently set her personal-record at the Transylvania Invitational with a 3.50m vault.
Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) has contributed to the field as well as the track, particularly excelling at the long jump. At Transylvania, Harsh jumped 5.20m for her PR and for second-place. She followed that up at the Hanover Invitational by jumping 5.12m, good for runner-up in the event.
Classmate Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.) has been steadily improving in the high jump, either tying or surpassing her previous mark in three of her last four meets. On March 30, Austin recorded a collegiate-best 1.51m that now sits eighth in the school record books and was good for second on the day.
HIGH MILEAGE: Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) has carried her cross country and indoor track success into the outdoor arena, as evidenced by her recent 5K at the Hanover Invitational. Tong claimed victory with a time of 18:15.08, while junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) followed in fourth at 19:26.64. Tong has accrued top fives in each event she has run in her collegiate track career, coming in the mile, 1500, 3000, and 5000m races.
Senior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) ran the 10,000m for the fourth time in her HC track career, and was the first to cross the line with a time of 42:07.31. Out of four runs at this race, this is Stump's second-fastest time and the best since she ran a 41:38.62 at the 2017 HCAC Outdoor Championships. Previously at Transylvania on March 23, Stump set her personal-best in the 5000 with a 19:52.98 that qualified for fifth on the day.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will next take to the track when they return to Greencastle, Ind. for the Indiana Division III Championships, with events slated to kick off at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 13.
Contact: Tyler Jester