Tong Breaks School Record to Lead Women's Track & Field

Tong Breaks School Record to Lead Women's Track & Field

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The Hanover women's track and field team returned to Greencastle, Ind. for the DePauw Indoor Invitational where the Panthers garnered a second place finish in the 15-team field on Saturday afternoon. The Blue and Red tallied 90 points in the meet.

On the track, sophomore Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) set a new school record winning the mile run with a time of 5:17.29, defeating the next best opponent by nearly two seconds. 

Freshman Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) continued to dominate the 60-meter dash where she claimed the top spot in prelims by a time of 8.06 seconds before going on to win the event with a finals mark of 8.07 seconds. 

She would also find success in the 4x200-meter relay teaming up with freshman Alijah Craig (Milan, Ind.), sophomore Makenzie Carroll (Richmond, Ky.), and sophomore Alexis Gerke (Cincinnati, Ohio) to win the event in a time of 1:52.14. 

The 60-meter hurdles landed two Panthers among the top five as senior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) took third in the event with a time of 9.67 seconds, while Craig finished sixth overall in a time of 10.58 seconds. 

Garnering a third place finish was senior Caitlyn Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:17.32, while sophomore Sawyer Osmun (Fishers, Ind.) took sixth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:29.44.

In the field events, junior Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) paved the way gathering a second place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 14.59 meters. 

Hunter also found success among the field events taking second in the triple jump with a leap of 10.17 meters, while also placing third in the high jump with a height of 1.55 meters. 

In the long jump, senior Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) took third with a jump of 4.88 meters.

Sophomore Mariah Grider (North Vernon, Ind.) claimed top five finishes in both the weight throw and the shot put. The sophomore placed fourth in the weight with a distance of 14.27 meters and fifth in the shot with a toss of 10.76 meters. 

Junior Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.) rounded out the field events for Hanover with a sixth place showing in the pole vault clearing a height of 2.90 meters. 

The Blue and Red return to action on Saturday, February 22 as they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the HCAC Championships.