INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover College women's track & field team received three annual awards Thursday, May 2, to highlight its honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
After leading Hanover to its fifth HCAC outdoor title, head coach Brian Power was named coach of the year. Power was also tabbed 2019 HCAC men's indoor coach of the year after leading the Panthers to their highest finish and point total at the HCAC-hosted meet. The women recorded 179 points for their second outdoor championship in three years.
Sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) were key contributors to the Panthers' success and were also recognized with yearly awards. Browning was named field athlete of the year after scoring in three throwing events. The sophomore won the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 51.08m, giving her first team honors, while also placing second in the shot put (11.67m) and eighth in the discus (33.57m).
In her HCAC outdoor debut, Harsh won the long jump en route to accumulating 19 meet points and being named Freshman of the Year. The first-year jump 5.31m in the long jump and was also fourth in the 100m dash, seventh in the 200m and was a part of a second-place 4x100m relay team.
Joining Harsh on the sprint relay team and picking up second team accolades were freshmen Riley Austin (Richmond, Ind.) and Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), as well as junior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.). The group clocked in at 50.00 seconds for the program's fastest time of the spring. Witt was also fourth in the 100m hurdles and sixth in the triple jump. Austin scored in the long jump, while Carroll placed sixth in the 400m dash.
The duo of Austin and Carroll were joined by junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) on the third-place 1600m relay team, which finished in a season-best time of 4:10.83. Burentt, who was making just her second appearance of the spring, also provided points for HC in the 400m and javelin throw, as she was named to the honorable mention team for her fourth outdoor conference award.
Hunter was a first team selection after winning the 400m hurdles for the third consecutive year. The junior, who led the meet with 34.50 points, won the hurdles with a time of 1:06.39. To go along with her relay and 400m hurdle performances, Hunter was third in both the triple jump and 100m hurdles, while also placing second in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.
The fourth first team award went to freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.). Tong won the 5000m run with a time of 18:16.83. The freshman also placed third in the 1500m run.
Senior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.), junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and classmate Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) were second team all-HCAC selections. Clancy, a now three-time outdoor all-HCAC performer, placed second in the pole vault, tying a personal-best mark at 3.50m. Barlow's highest outdoor conference honor came after she placed second in the 3000m steeplechase, 11:49.12. Naghdi is receiving her first all-conference award as her time of 41:27.00 was good enough for second in the 10000m run.
Third-place performances, resulting in honorable mention awards, came from senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and freshman Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.). A now three-time all-HCAC outdoor selection, Trimpe cleared 3.35m in the pole vault. Grider's outdoor HCAC debut saw her post a distance of 37.33m in the discus throw. Junior Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.) was Hanover's selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship award.
With 13 all-conference selections, Hanover has now had double-digit award winners in three of the past four years. The Blue and Red's total in 2019 is the highest amount during the stretch.
Contact: Tyler Jester