Women's track treks to DePauw for Indiana DIII Championships

Arig Tong





HANOVER, Ind. – The 2019 outdoor season continues for the Hanover College women's track & field team this weekend with the Indiana Division III Championships.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers will be making their second trip to DePauw University this weekend after also competing in the DePauw Invitational last Saturday. The state meet is set to begin with various field events and the women's 10000m run at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13.

#EVENTSQUAD RANKINGS: Hanover has had a strong start to the outdoor campaign, which has resulted in the team posting a trio of top 20 event national rankings. With four of the HCAC's top 10 high jumpers this season, HC ranks 13th in Division III. Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), 1.55m, and freshman Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.), 1.51m, have led the way for the Blue and Red this spring and are scheduled to compete again this weekend.

The pole vault has two Hanover athletes among the individual national leaders in seniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.). For the second consecutive year, Trimpe spent time atop the national rankings in the event, as her current best height of 3.73m ranks tied for seventh in Division III. Clancy's personal record of 3.50m set this spring is tied for 34th nationally. As a unit, the pole vault group is 14th in the national #EventSquad rankings.

The third field event in the top 20 is the hammer throw. Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) have paced the Panthers with marks of 50.84m and 42.97m, respectively. Browning's mark is a school record distance, leads the HCAC and ranks 11th nationally. Both are scheduled to enter the hammer throw and shot put this weekend, with Grider also in the discus toss.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) have led a strong distance running group this spring. Barlow set the new school record in the 3000m steeplechase last weekend at DePauw, running a time of 11:39.10 without any warmup. Barlow has run in three races this spring, all of which have been top four finishes. The junior is a perfect two-for-two in victories in the steeplechase.

Tong has the top two 1500 and 5000m times for the Panthers this season, two events she will be entering at DePauw. The freshman's top 1500m time is 4:52.92, which came in a second place showing last weekend. Tong's top 5K mark is 18:15.08, as she won the race at the Hanover Invitational.  In four races this season, Tong has two wins and two second-place showings.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will have their final pre-HCAC preparations when they travel to compete in the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 19.

Contact: Tyler Jester