Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - After a slew of strong performances from the Hanover women's track team at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Panthers garnered 12 all-conference selections.
Headlining the picks was the lone first-teamer in junior Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.), who gained victory in the shot put with an 11.79 meter toss. Moreover, she placed third in the weight throw, with a personal-best mark of 14.90 meters. In both events, Galbreath recorded the second-farthest throw in school history.
Adding on for the throws was sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.), one of four second-team nods received by the Blue and Red. Browning had a pair of runner-up placements in the shot put and the weight throw. In the shot put, Browning had her second straight throw of 11-plus meters with an 11.52m toss. Prior to the DePauw Invitational on Feb. 9, Browning had not cleared this plateau. She would then tack on a 15.23m weight throw for her other second-place showing.
In the distance events, freshman Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) had a duet of second-place times in the one mile run as well as the 3000m run. Tong ran the mile in 5:22.27, which is now third all-time for HC. In the 3000m, Tong was the second runner across the line at 10:43.41.
Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) ended her HCAC indoor championship career on a high note, getting 3.52m of air in the pole vault, which was good for second. This also comes just two weeks after Trimpe set the new indoor mark of 3.66m at the Ohio Northern Joe Banks Invitational.
Freshman Alexis Harsh (North Vernon, Ind.) registered a 5.16m long jump for the second-farthest distance on the afternoon for her all-second team recognition. Moreover, she finished fifth in the finals of the 60m dash, crossing the line at 8.21 seconds.
Harsh was joined by senior Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.), freshman Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), and junior Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) in the 4x200m relay, with the latter three garnering conference honorable mention accolades for the race. The quartet blazed through at 1:50.13, ranking fifth all-time at HC.
Individually, Henderson would grab seventh-place in the 60m with an 8.30 second finish, while Carroll registered a PR in the 400m with a time of 1:03.95, which was also good for seventh. As for Burnett, she came just behind Carroll in the 400 with a 1:04.46 for eighth-place.
Carroll and Burnett were also members of the 4x400 relay with junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Claypoole (Mt. Sterling, Ky.). This 4x400 unit timed at 4:21.54, which is now ninth on the school record books. Hunter scored in four solo events, slotting fifth in the 400m (1:03.53), high jump (1.5m), and triple jump (9.46m). Hunter would further add a long jump of 4.87m, good for eighth.
Claypoole also was part of the foursome that gained a bronze in the distance medley relay (DMR). Claypoole, along with junior Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.), freshman Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.), and freshman Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind.) finished the race in 13:51.27 to place them third. Barlow would also take part in the 3000m, which she ran in a personal-best time of 11:15.65.
Rounding out the award winners was the Christopher M. Ragsdale all-Sportsmanship recipient, senior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.). Clancy, who has done much of her career damage as a pole vaulter, ended her indoor conference championship career with a 3.27m vault for fifth at the meet.
Contact: Tyler Jester