Hunter wins both hurdle events at Indiana Division III Championships

Kenna Hunter

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) tallied 31 points to pace the Hanover women's track & field team at the Indiana Division III Championships Saturday afternoon, hosted by DePauw.

Hunter's stellar day was highlighted by sweeping the hurdle events, which included a personal record time of 16.44m in the shorter of the two distances. Her second victory came in the 400m hurdles, where she clocked in at 1:06.23. The sophomore also placed third in the triple jump with a PR of 10.15m and fourth in the high jump (1.51m).

Junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) won the pole vault for the second consecutive year at the state championship and is now four-for-four this outdoor season in first place finishes. Trimpe, who was one of four Panther athletes to score in the event Saturday, logged a height of 3.42m, which set a new meet record.

Additional top three finishes on the track came from sophomores Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.). Barlow cracked the 20-minute mark in the 5000m for the first time in her collegiate career, placing second at the meet with a time of 19:56.21. Witt logged top-four finishes in both hurdle events, including the 100-meter distance, where she placed second at 16.54 seconds. Witt also clocked a PR in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:15.09, which is currently fifth-best in the HCAC this spring.

Junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) added a third-place finish in the 10,000m run as well. Stump crossed the final finish line at 44:22.21. Sophomore Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) was also a top-five distance finisher, placing fourth in the 5000m with a time of 20:23.57.

In the throwing events, sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) posted three top-five finishes. The sophomore's day was highlighted by a 33.8m mark in the javelin, which was good enough for third place. Galbreath also tallied distances of 11.36m in the shot put and 41.95m in the hammer throw, placing her fourth and fifth, respectively.

Freshmen Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and Emma Schmidt (Greenwood, Ind.) also had strong showings in the throws Saturday. Browning's hammer throw of 42.37m was good enough for fourth, while Schmidt placed fifth with a personal-best shot put mark of 11.26m.

Other notable finishes came from senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.). Pennell placed fifth in the high jump, 1.41m, while West was sixth in the 400m, 1:06.69.

Hanover finished with 121 points at the state meet, placing them fourth among the seven teams competing. Earlham tallied 147 points to take the team championship.

The Panthers will return to action next Friday, April 20, at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet. The competition will be HC's final preparations before the HCAC Outdoor Championships the following weekend.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu