Behind three school records, including one meet record, the Hanover College women’s track & field team claimed their third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title. A vastly improved men’s team added a sixth-place finish at the meet, held April 26-27 in North Manchester, Ind.
Including Heartland Conference indoor track & field championships, the Panthers' women's team has won the last five conference meets.
The well-balanced squad had athletes score in every event the team entered and claimed four first-place finishes.
Sophomore Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas) coasted to victories in the 100-meter dash (12.48 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.07), while also anchoring the second-fastest 4x100-meter relay in school history (49.64) and the school-record-setting 4x400-meter relay (4:04.12).
Both relays finished second overall, with the 4 x 400-meter-relay squad surpassing the previous conference record.
Senior Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) joined Chambers on both relays in addition to collecting a HCAC record of her own.
Vincz shattered her own conference record in the 400-meter hurdles to finish in a time currently ranked 15th in the country, running 1:02.95.
Vincz also ran the third-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in school history (15.63) to finish fourth in the event. Freshman Rachel Callahan (Guilford, Ind.) finished just behind Vincz in sixth place. Callahan's 15.84-second effort is the fourth-fastest in Hanover history.
Senior Rachel Slade (Milford, Ohio) claimed four runner-up finishes, including strong legs on both relays. Slade finished second to Chambers in the 200-meters, running a lifetime-best 26.20. Her second-place 400-meter time of 59.62 is the second-fastest in school history.
Distance specialist Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.) competed in all three distance events, placing fourth or better in each.
Dye began the meet by running personal-best 38:02.20 in the 10,000-meter run to claim second. The sophomore followed this performance with two fourth- place finishes. She ran 5:02.87 in the 1500-meter run and 19:14.74 in the 5000-meter run.
In the field events, senior Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind.) claimed a victory in the hammer throw with a 43.09-meter toss. She followed with a runner-up finish in the discus with a personal-best heave of 37.29 meters.
Boyd also finished seventh in the shot put (10.22 meters).
Freshman Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) finished second in the shot put (12.13 meters), third in the discus (33.57 meters), and sixth in the hammer (36.27 meters).
Senior Stephanie Proffit (Independence, Ky.) completed the throws scoring with a third-place finish in the hammer throw (37.91 meters).
Freshman Holli Leslie (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the triple jump with a 10.88-meter leap.
The Panthers totaled 179 points to outdistance second-place Franklin College’s tally of 144 points, scoring the most points in a Heartland Conference championship since 2008.
Hanover's women’s squad wraps up the team portion of this season having won every NCAA Division III invitational in which they competed.
Head Coach Brian Power reflected on the strength of the senior class saying, “The impact of the seniors is wide-reaching. This is a group that finished sixth as freshman and responded by claiming the next thee conference titles, along with two indoor championships. This group of nine seniors created a culture that expects success while valuing the camaraderie of the team and sacrifice for each other. They will be greatly missed.”
Hanover's men’s squad was led by two standout seniors.
Sprinters Andy Orem (Princeton, Ind.) and Kris Jenkins (Louisville, Ky.) ran on two school record relays and each scored in individual events to help the vastly improved Panthers finish sixth with 54 points. The team was last one year ago with seven points.
Jenkins finished second in the 100-meter dash, running a personal-best 11.11 seconds. He followed this with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.43).
Despite suffering a strained hamstring during prelims on Friday, Orem rallied to finish third in the 400-meters (49.97), in addition to strong valuable legs on each relay.
The duo joined with freshman Jack Schoening (Noblesville, Ind.) and junior Tyler Arceneaux (Akron, Ind.) to finish second in the 4x100-meter relay. The 43.25-second effort eclipsed the previous Hanover record of 43.46 set in 2006.
Along with freshman Joe Feldman (Oregonia, Ohio), Jenkins, Orem, and Schoening also broke their own school record in the 4x400-meter relay. The squad ran 3:21.18 to finish second overall, topping their previous record of 3:24.00.
Feldman finished just behind Orem in the 400-meters, placing fourth in 50.21 to complete the sprint scoring. His time is the third-fastest in school history.
Classmate Nick Jaeger (Terre Haute, Ind.) won the men’s high jump with a 1.93-meter leap.
Sophomore Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.) threw a personal record 40.04-meters to finish seventh in the discus.
In the distance events, freshman Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) finished eighth in the 1500-meter run (4:11.49) to claim a point, while junior Jason Holcomb (Sellersburg, Ind.) ran 10:20.48 to finish seventh in the steeplechase.
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the men's HCAC crown with 202 points.
Published Saturday, May 11, 2013