Hanover women post weekend full of top five finishes at Bellarmine and DePauw

Olivia Hall

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover women's track & field team posted 15 top five finishes during outings at Bellarmine (Ky.) and DePauw (Ind.) this weekend.

The Panthers sent most of their squad to compete in the DePauw Invitational Saturday, as the team totaled 104 points for a fourth place finish. Highlighting the performances at DePauw were junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and sophomore Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.). Trimpe took first place for the third time this outdoor season in the pole vault, posting a height of 3.36m. The junior has now logged a vault of 3.36m or higher in each of her outdoor competitions this spring, including a school-record height of 3.66m back in March. Naghdi improved upon her personal record in the 5000m run by 15 seconds, clocking in at 20:05.47.

The women's pole vault also saw three other Panther athletes score, including freshman Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.), who placed second with a mark of 2.90m. The freshman's height was also good enough to move her into third all-time at Hanover. Junior Marissa Childs (Anderson, Ind.) and freshman Sydney Schano (Louisville, Ky.) also scored Saturday, giving the Blue and Red a total of 25 points in the event.

The Panther throwers also experienced a solid weekend, which was led by sophomore Eve Galbreath's (Vevay, Ind.) performance at the Bellarmine Invitational Friday afternoon. Galbreath improved upon her second-best school history mark in the hammer throw, posting a distance of 45.86m. The sophomore also logged a javelin mark of 33.22m. Both of her events were good enough for top six overall and top two NCAA Division III marks at the NCAA Division II-hosted meet.

Freshmen Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and Emma Schmidt (Greenwood, Ind.) saw success Saturday in the throwing events. Browning scored in both the hammer throw (40.50m), third, and discus throw (26.98m), seventh place. Schmidt's shot put mark of 11.02m was good enough for fourth at the meet and moved her into third in school history. She also placed sixth in the hammer throw with a PR of 33.25m.

The jumps saw a total of six top-eight marks. Fresh off being named HCAC Field Athlete of the Week, freshman Heaven Bigelow (Lexington, Ky.) placed third in the high jump with a mark of 1.51m. Sophomore Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.) added a fifth place finish in the high jump, posting a height of 1.41m.

In the long jump, sophomore Teylor Ellis (Mooresville, Ind.) led a group of three scorers with a second place finish. Ellis logged a length of 5.01m, which is now the fifth best jump in program history. The sophomore was also fifth in the triple jump with adistance of 9.48m. Sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), 4.72m, and senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.), 4.44m, placed sixth and eighth respectively.

Sophomores Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) added third place finishes in the sprints. Henderson clocked in at 13.46 seconds in the 100m dash, while Witt finished the 100m hurdles in 16.87 seconds. Freshman Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.) finished seventh in the 100m hurdles and recorded a third place time of 1:10.73 in the 400m hurdles.

Hanover will return to Greencastle, Ind. for the second consecutive weekend next Saturday, April 14. Start time for the Indiana Division III Championships is set for noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester