Women's track & field places third at HCAC Outdoor Championships

Kenna Hunter

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women's track and field team finished third at the 2018 HCAC Championships, as competition wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Rose-Hulman.

The Panthers were in third after Friday's results and stayed put Saturday, accumulating 97.5 points over the entire meet. The 2018 effort marked the eighth consecutive season that the Blue and Red recorded a top three team finish, but it did snap a seven-year streak of 100 or more total points.

Earning Hanover's lone victory during Saturday's slate of events was sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), who won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.95. The sophomore was nearly three seconds faster in the finals run than in the prelim trials. Overall, Hunter accumulated 31 points for the Panthers, which included 20 as an individual and 11 apart of the two relay teams. Highlighting her other individual performances, Hunter placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a personal-record time of 16.11 seconds. She was also fourth in the high jump at 1.49m.

Hunter was joined by junior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) on both relay units, which saw the 4x400 group place third and the 4x100 team finish fourth. The 4x400m relay team, which also consisted of sophomore Morgan West (Connersville, Ind.) and freshman Olivia Hall (Lexington, Ky.), ran a season-best time of 4:12.82.

Joining the sprint relay squad was senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling Ky.) as the baton was passed around the track in 51.26 seconds. Hall went on to add a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, where she clocked in at 1:11.19. Pennell scored in the high jump as well, placing seventh with a height of 1.44m.

Joining Hunter and Hall on the hurdle crew was sophomore Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.). After scoring in the triple jump Friday, Witt added a pair of top six finishes in the hurdle events Saturday. The sophomore ran a pair of PR's, posting times of 16.44 seconds and 1:13.00 in the 100 and 400m hurdles, respectively.

Sophomore Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) won the shot put Friday evening and return for the additional throwing events on Day Two. Galbreath placed second in the javelin throw, the event she won last spring, this time setting a new school record with a distance of 36.59m. The sophomore also earned a third place showing in the hammer throw, 45.79m, as she finished the meet with 24 points.

Adding two points to the team score Saturday was sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.). Barlow was third in the 3000m steeplechase on Day One and added a seventh-place finish on the final day of the championships in the 5000m run. She crossed the finish line at 19:36.87, which is her fastest collegiate 5K time.

Rose-Hulman won its first HCAC Outdoor Championship in program history after totaling 195 points over 20 events. The Fightin' Engineers also won the conference's indoor championship in 2018. Manchester, the 2017 co-champions with Hanover, placed second with 123 points. Rounding out the top five were Earlham and Bluffton with 90 and 68 points, respectively.

The Panthers will continue to compete this spring, as they are currently scheduled for four more meets over the next month. The post-conference stretch gets started with the Billy Hayes Invitational, in Bloomington, Ind., next Saturday, May 5.

Contact: Tyler Jester