HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College women's track & field team will cap the 2019 season with two athletes at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships this week.
SETTING THE SCENE: Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) will compete at the national meet in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Institute. Trimpe will participate in the pole vault for the second consecutive year, which is set to take place at noon, Thursday, May 23. Browning's national championship debut will come in the hammer throw, which is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25.
VAULTING TO THE TOP: Trimpe took advantage of her trip to Ohio Wesleyan last Thursday, May 16, as she cleared a school-record height of 3.77m at the Great Lakes Final Qualifier. The jump moved her up seven spots in the national rankings and into the field for the national championships. The senior has cleared 3.50m in seven of nine outings this spring and was recently named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team for the second straight year.
Trimpe's national championship debut came at the 2018 outdoor event, which she made program history with her performance in the pole vault. As a junior, and after taking nearly the entire month of May off due to an educational experience outside of the country, Trimpe placed 10th with a height of 3.65m. The placement was the best finish of any women's field athlete at Hanover during the NCAA National Championships.
BOOMTOWN HEADING TO NATIONALS: Browning will cap a stellar sophomore season with her first trip to the national championships. After a successful winter indoor campaign that saw the second-year move into the top three in Panther lore in the shot put and weight throw, Browning has posted a distance longer than 47m in all nine hammer appearances this spring, topped by her school-record distance of 51.93m. The sophomore, a USTFCCCA all-region performer, was also named 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year after scoring in three throwing events at the league's outdoor championships.
HISTORIC YEAR FOR TRACK, CROSS COUNTRY: The 2018-19 athletic year has been one to remember for the running programs at Hanover. In the fall, HC had its first men's runner qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships in Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), as well as the first women's first-year to run at nationals in Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.). The winter saw senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) become the first men's athlete at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. Trimpe and Browning will give HC multiple athletes at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships for the first time in program history as well. The Panther men enjoyed second-place showings in all three HCAC Championships, their best performances in program history, while the women's year was highlighted by its fifth outdoor title and second-place performance at the HCAC indoor meet.
Contact: Tyler Jester