Hanover College’s women’s track & field team captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s indoor title for the second year in a row, while the Panthers’ men’s squad posted its best finish in the three-year history of the meet. The HCAC championship was held Saturday, Feb. 16, in Defiance, Ohio.
Hanover’s men’s and women’s teams combined to set 10 school records in the meet. The Panthers’ women’s squad established eight marks while totaling 166 points to win the conference crown by 50 points.
Sophomore sprinter Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas) earned victories in two individual events and also helped spur the Panthers to wins in two relays.
She set a Heartland Conference record in the 60-meter dash after cruising to victory in 8.05 seconds, breaking her own Hanover mark by just four one-hundredths of a second.
She also established a new HCAC record in the 200-meter dash. She covered the distance in 26.84 seconds to eclipse her previous school mark by more than one-half second.
Chambers teamed with sophomore Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) and senior Rachel Slade (Milford, Ohio) to notch a first-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay.
The foursome set a Hanover record with a time of 1:48.25, improving the 2012 mark of 1:49.89 previously held by Vincz, Slade, Chambers and sophomore Tricia Walsh (Amelia, Ohio).
Chambers, Vincz and Slade combined with senior Krystal Nugent (Lake Village, Ind.) to set a fieldhouse record while winning the 4x400-meter relay. The group covered the distance in 4:13.91.
Moseby was first in the 60-meter hurdles in a Hanover-record 9.10 seconds. The time shaved one-hundredth of a second off her school record.
Senior Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) led the Panthers in the field events with a pair of school records.
Boyd was first in the weight throw with a heave of 48 feet (14.63-meters), surpassing her previous school record by nearly two feet (46-feet, 3.5-inches).
Arbaugh earned a conference championship in the shot put with a record-setting heave of 39-feet, eight-inches (12.09-meters). Her distance carried almost two feet farther than her mark of 37-feet, 10.75-inches set earlier this season.
Arbaugh also placed second in the weight throw, covering 45-feet, 1.75-inches.
Freshman Holli Leslie (Indianapolis, Ind.) set a Hanover record while posting a second-place finish in the triple jump.
In her first collegiate championship meet, Leslie leapt 34-feet, 11-inches (10.64-meters) to outdistance the previous mark of 34-feet, four-inches set by senior Maggie Noger (Lexington, Ky.) in 2012.
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was second in the chase for the women's team title with 116 points. Franklin College placed third with 110 and host Defiance College (Ohio) was fourth with 86.
In the men's competition, Hanover totaled 34 points to finish sixth and turned in two record-setting performances.
Senior sprinter Kris Jenkins (Louisville, Ky.) and rookie Nick Jaeger (Terre Haute, Ind.) led the Panthers with school marks in the 60-meter dash and high jump, respectively.
Jenkins turned in a time of 7.17 seconds to finish fifth in the 60-meter dash. The effort erased six one-hundredths of a second off the school record shared by Jenkins (2013), Jon Gentile (2001) and Isaac Fouko (1998).
Jenkins also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, tying the school-record time of 23.29 seconds set by senior Andy Orem (Princeton, Ind.) in 2012.
In his first indoor championship, Jaeger set a school record and earned a first-place finish in the high jump with a leap of six-feet, 6.75-inches (2.00-meters). The effort is three-quarts of an inch higher than the Hanover mark Jaeger shared with Brandon Otter (2009).
Rose-Hulman captured the men's team title with 206.5 points. Franklin was second with 118 and Defiance placed third with 113.5.
Published Saturday, February 16, 2013