TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover College women's track and field team claimed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title Saturday evening after winning the Indoor Championships with 148.5 points.
For their efforts, the Hanover coaching staff was honored as the HCAC Women's Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Blue and Red posted a strong afternoon that was capped off by a come from behind victory in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of freshman Alijah Craig (Milan, Ind.), sophomore Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind.), sophomore Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), and senior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) claimed top honors with a first-place mark in a time of 4:13.34. The time ranks third all-time in HC history.
Hunter found success in the meet early as she claimed the top spot in the triple jump with a personal best leap of 10.50 meters.
In the shot put, junior Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) captured top accolades with a second-place mark and a toss of 11.11 meters. Sophomore Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) and sophomore Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) also claimed top ten finishes in the event taking fifth and sixth, respectively.
Browning continued to dominate the field events as she took second in the weight throw with a school record distance of 15.87 meters, breaking her own record set last season. Following her was teammate Grider in third place with a toss of 15.87 meters.
The high jump saw more success from Hunter as she took home third in the event with a height of 1.56 meters, while also capturing a third-place mark in the long jump with a distance of 5.03 meters. Teammate senior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) took home fifth with a leap of 4.79 meters.
Junior Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) captured a fourth place mark in the pole vault with a vault of 3.04 meters.
On the track, sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) kicked off the afternoon taking second and claiming top honors in the 5,000-meter run with a personal best time of 18:34.55. She moved into third all-time in the event. Senior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) followed her across the finish line with a fifth place mark in a time of 19:18.22 while teammate senior Caitlin Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) took seventh overall.
Tong also captured a third place mark in the 3,000-meter run crossing the finish line with a time of 10:47.47.
Freshman Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) turned heads in the 60-meter dash as she captured a first place finish in a time of 8.05 seconds. The freshman then teamed up with Craig, Carroll, and sophomore Alexis Gerke (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 4x200-meter relay taking third with a time of 1:50.70, moving into seventh all-time. She rounded out the busy afternoon with a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.06.
Hunter's impressive day continued as she won the 400-meter dash with a school record time of 1:00.16 while also garnering a third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.50 seconds that ranks her second in Hanover College history in the event.
Craig found success in the 400-meter dash taking sixth overall while teammate Carroll crossed the finish line in eighth.
Osmun claimed a top finish in the 1-mile run taking third with a time of 5:37.63.
The distance medley relay team of sophomore Lexi Gurr (Charlestown, Ind.), freshman Kelli Brock (Mooresville, Ind.), freshman Ashley Senerius (Westfield, Ind.), and junior Maddie McHugh (Coatesville, Ind.) captured a fifth place finish in a time of 14:24.85.
The Panthers won the meet, while Rose-Hulman claimed second with 125.5 points and Manchester third with 113 points.
The Blue and Red return to action on Saturday, February 29 as they travel to Anderson University for the Fred Wilt Invitational.