GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) was named the most valuable field athlete to highlight a record-setting day for the Hanover women's track & field team at the Indiana Division III Championships.
Trimpe was a part of a 1-2-3 finish for the Panthers in the pole vault at DePauw University Saturday afternoon. The senior cleared 3.50m to break her own previous meet record mark of 3.42m. Classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) finished second at 3.35m, while sophomore Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) cleared 2.90m for third place.
After setting the school record in the 3000m steeplechase last weekend at DePauw, with no warmups, junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) bested that time by nearly seven seconds Saturday, 11:32.15. Barlow placed second at the meet. She was also eighth in the 5000m run at 19:43.67.
Freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) won the 5K race with a personal-best mark of 18:05.10, moving into third in school history. Tong also set a PR in the 1500m run with a time of 4:50.88, which is the second fastest in Panther lore.
Additional distance highlights came from seniors Morgan Hamilton (Connersville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.). The duo placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase.
Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) added field victories as well. Browning won the hammer throw with mark of 49.82m. She was joined in the event by freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) and senior Hannah Gregory (Columbus, Ind.), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with tosses of 42.46m and 39.15m, which was a new PR for Gregory. Browning was also third in the shot put at 11.73m, just off her personal-record of 11.75m.
Hunter set two personal records Saturday, including the triple jump, which she won with a distance of 10.28m. The junior was also first in the 400m hurdles (1:05.91), second in the 100 hurdles (16.06) and fourth in the high jump (1.53m). Her sprint hurdle mark also set a new personal best.
Adding a pair of sixth-place performances in the hurdles was sophomore Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.). Hall clocked in at 17.30 seconds in the 100m distance and 1:11.08 in the full lap race.
Hunter was one of four Panthers to score in the high jump, which also included freshman Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.), junior Morgan West (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ind.). All three jumpers cleared 1.43m.
The duo of Hunter and Austin were joined by freshman Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.) and sophomore Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) on the 1600m relay team that placed third with a time of 4:10.80, which now ranks third in school history. Carroll added a second-place showing in the 400m, 1:01.20, while Austin was eighth in the 200m, 27.26 seconds. Both marks were personal bests, with Carroll's time placing her seventh all-time at Hanover.
Junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) scored in the long jump, leading the Panthers with a mark of 4.49m. Witt's distance was good enough for sixth at the state meet.
Overall, Hanover finished with 142.50 points, which was second-highest, only behind Trine's 190.50. The Thunder entered the meet ranked No. 38 in the most recent USTFCCCA national rankings. The Blue and Red held off Earlham (99) and Rose-Hulman (93) for the top HCAC total Saturday.
The Panthers will now travel to Rose-Hulman for their Twilight Meet, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 19. The meet will be Hanover's final appearance before the HCAC Outdoor Championships on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.
Contact: Tyler Jester