Spring Senior Spotlight: Track & Field

Spring Senior Spotlight: Track & Field

CARMEL, Ind. - Hanover College has an outstanding group of seniors who the HCAC and the Panthers would like to recognize.

The senior members of the Panther track and field team include Ariel Barlow, Madison VanWinkle, Caitlyn Naghdi, Michelle Witt, Kenna Hunter, Paxton Caldwell, Ethan Monnin, Kyler Perez, Samual Pyle, and Kornell Dash. The Hanover men's and women's track and field teams have established a standard of success and these seniors have played a vital part in building that success.

"Our 2020 Seniors have carried on the legacy of our track and field program while making a new name for themselves within the HCAC," praised head coach Rachel Sharpe. "This group has scored numerous points at Championships, have been on the podium countless times, and they have sacrificed so much to be the great athletes and students that they have become."

Senior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) has been an important rule of the team's success the last four seasons including the 2020 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. The senior claimed top 10 finishes including a fifth-place mark as part of the 5,000-meter run. She finished her career ranked second overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase set during the 2018 campaign. The Francesville, Ind. native also earned All-Conference accolades including a second-place honor during the 2017-18 season.

Senior Madison VanWinkle (Moores Hill, Ind.) competed as a member of the distance team helping to raise the program to new heights. The Tom Bohlsen All-Academic selection played a vital role as part of the team's success during the outdoor campaign. Most of her success came as part of the 10,000-meter run, during the HCAC Outdoor Championships a season ago. 

Senior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) also played an important role in the Panthers 2020 HCAC Indoor Championship this past winter as she competed as part of the distance team. The senior claimed top 10 marks as part of the 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter run. The All-Conference selection also took second in the 10,000-meter run during the 2018-19 campaign as part of the HCAC Outdoor Championships.

Senior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.), an All-Conference selection, competed as a vital part of the sprint group. She captured two top 10 finishes in the long jump and the 60-meter hurdles that helped propel Hanover to the 2020 Indoor HCAC Championships. Her continued success carried throughout the course of her four years with several top 10 finishes including a second-place mark as part of the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Championships where she joined her teammates in a top finish in the 4x100-meter relay.

Senior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.)  wrapped up her indoor season with a trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships where she competed as part of the pentathlon. Hunter captured the school record in the event with 3,294 points set as part of the ONU Last Chance Meet earlier this season. She also holds the indoor record for the high jump set during the 2019 campaign. The Mooresville, Ind. native had arguably her best HCAC Championship to date in 2020 garnering All-HCAC accolades while taking first in the triple jump, 400-meter dash, and the 4x400-meter relay with teammates Alijah Craig, Sawyer Osmun, and Makenzie Carroll. Hunter was also named a member of the Tom Bohlsen All-Academic team.

Senior Paxton Caldwell (Connersville, Ind.) earned Tom Bohlsen All-Academic honors while adding depth to the sprint group. The senior garnered All-HCAC accolades as part of the 4x400-meter relay that took first place at the HCAC Indoor Championships. He also claimed top 10 marks in both the 400-meter dash and the 4x200-meter relay.

Senior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) competed primarily as a vaulter for the Hanover track and field team.  He claimed top 10 finishes as part of every HCAC Championship in which he competed, including a third place mark a season ago. The All-HCAC honoree also played an important role in helping to lead the team to top finishes with a third-place mark in the 2020 HCAC Indoor Championships. The Minster, Ohio native was also named a member of the Tom Bohlsen All-Academic team.

Senior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) was named an All-HCAC selection after claiming top spots as a thrower for Hanover. During the 2020 HCAC Indoor Championship season, Perez captured a third-place mark in the weight throw but most of his success came during the Outdoor season. He claimed a top mark as part of the hammer throw during the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Championships, an event he ranks fifth all-time among Hanover greats. He also ranks ninth all-time in the discus set during the 2018 campaign.

Senior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) competed as an important part of the Panther sprint team, primarily the relay teams. The All-HCAC selection helped propel the 4x400-meter relay to a top mark as part of the 2020 Indoor Championships while also claiming a top spot in the 4x200-meter relay. He also has joined forces with Hunter, Payne, and Strong to move into 4th all-time in the 4x200-meter relay among Hanover greats. The Goshen, Ky. native also ranks fifth all-time in the 400-meter run and seventh all-time in the 200-meter run.

Senior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) competed as a sprinter for the Hanover track and field team. He claimed most of his success during the outdoor campaign that saw him earn All-Conference honors with a first-place mark during the 2019 season. The Evansville, Ind. native teamed up with teammates Darrell Payne, Sam Jackson, and Reece Hunter to win the 4x100-meter relay race.