Hanover College’s women’s track & field squad captured first place and the Panthers' men’s team was fourth overall at the Hanover Invitational. The annual event was held Saturday, March 30, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
The Panthers totaled 255.5 points to grab the women’s team title. Manchester University was second out of 11 teams with 131 points. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed third with 101 and the University of Indianapolis landed fourth with 100.
Sophomore sprinter Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas) posted victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters, as well as ran a leg in Hanover’s record-setting 4x100-meter relay, to spur the Panthers' women's squad.
Chambers covered the 100 meters in 12.83 seconds to win the event by nearly one second.
Her time of 26.33 seconds was enough to hold off senior teammate Rachel Slade (Milford, Ohio) as the duo claimed the top two spots in the 200 meters.
Chambers teamed with seniors Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) and Krystal Nugent (Lake Village, Ind.), along with sophomore Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis, Ind.), to win the 4x100-meter relay in a school and meet record 49.30 seconds.
The time ranks among the top 20 times in the nation this season.
Slade and Vincz combined with junior Julie Miller (Anderson, Ind.) and freshman Holli Leslie (Indianapolis, Ind.) to post the second-fastest time in Hanover history to win the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet earned first place by more than three seconds with a time of 4:10.77.
Leslie set a school and meet record with a leap of 10.93 meters to win the triple jump. Her effort was four one-hundredths of a meter farther than Patti Emshwiller’s previous mark of 10.89 meters set in 1997.
Vincz and freshman Rachel Callahan (Guilford, Ind.) finished first and second, respectively, in the 400 meters. Vincz won comfortably in 1:06.49, while Callahan placed second in 1:13.24.
Sophomore distance runner Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.) posted the fourth-fastest 10,000-meter time in school history, winning the event in 38:22.82.
Freshman Ashlee Arbaugh won the shot put with a 12.00 meter heave. Her mark was enough to sneak past the second-place distance by only one one-hundredth of a meter (11.99).
Senior Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind.) led a top-three sweep of the hammer throw.
Boyd was first in the event with an effort of 40.58 meters. Classmate Stephanie Proffitt (Independence, Ky.) was second with 40.19 meters, while Arbaugh was third with 37.97.
Hanover’s men’s team totaled 64 points to finish fourth among 12 teams in the invitational field. The Panthers placed behind Wabash College (234 points), Rose-Hulman (142.33) and Manchester (67.5).
Freshman Nick Jaeger (Terre Haute, Ind.) led Hanover’s charge with a first-place finish in the high jump. Jaeger cleared 1.97 meters to win the event and match the second-highest leap in school history.
Senior sprinter Andy Orem (Princeton, Ind.) was second in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.84 seconds.
Orem was also part of the Panthers’ 4x400-meter relay, which posted the second-fastest time in Hanover history.
Orem, along with junior Brendan Kelly (Indianapolis, Ind.), freshman Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) and rookie Jack Schoening (Noblesville, Ind.), finished second in the event in 3:25.36.
Junior Jason Holcomb (Sellersburg, Ind.) earned a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:36.62.
Published Saturday, March 30, 2013