Women's Track & Field Registers Strong Performance in Season Opener

Kenna Hunter

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The women's track and field team registered a strong performance at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Opener, finishing third overall with 55 points. 

Washington University won the event with 272 points, while Rose-Hulman took second with 68 points. 

The Panthers opened the night with a strong performance in the field events claiming a first place mark in the weight throw behind sophomore Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) with a distance of 14.13 meters. Junior Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) earned a second place finish in the event with a distance of 13.97 meters.

Sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) carried the momentum from the fall cross country season as she won the 3,000 meter run in a time of 10:54.05, followed by teammate sophomore Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) crossing the line in 11:08.69. Senior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) took fifth in the event with a time of 11:33.94. 

Browning also found success in the shot put taking second overall with a mark of 10.59. Teammate, sophomore Kamran Miles (Nabb, Ind.) finished fifth in the event with a toss of 10.15 meters moving into the 10th spot on the Panthers top 10 list, while sophomore Lexie Messer (Sellersburg, Ind.) and junior Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) claimed a sixth place finish in their respective events. Messer competed in the shot put with a distance of 10.10 meters and Jones the pole vault clearing a height of 2.82 meters. 

In the long jump, freshman Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) took seventh overall with a leap of 4.60 meters. The freshman also claimed a top five mark in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.27 moving into seventh among the Hanover all-time list. 

Senior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) also posted a strong day on the track with a fifth place finish in the 400 meter in a time of 1:03.48. The senior also captured a seventh place mark in the high jump with a leap of 1.48 meters.

 The Blue and Red return to action on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 with the Tom Hathaway Classic and the Wittenberg Invitational.