The Hanover College men's and women's track & field teams garnered 11 first-place finishes and set two school records at the College Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Invitational. The meet was held Friday, March 22 in Delhi, Ohio.
Freshman Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) broke her own school record in the shot put with a 12.01-meter heave. Arbaugh also won the hammer throw (39.95 meters) and finished fourth in the discus throw (32.52 meters).
Sophomore Frannie Larson (LaGrange, Ky.) broke a 20-year-old school record in the women’s high jump. Larson leapt 1.62 meters to top Amanda Fritz’s 1993 1.60-meter record.
Fritz’s record was previously tied with the Julie Campbell’s 100-meter mark as Hanover's longest-standing female records.
Hanover continued to showcase strengths in the hurdles as sophomore Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis, Ind.) out-paced the field in the 100-meter hurdles (15.81 seconds), while senior Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) won the 400-meter hurdles by almost four full seconds (1:06.37).
Classmate Rachel Slade (Milford, Ohio) finished third in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Her 27.34 200-meter effort moves her into fifth all-time in the Hanover record book and her 1:02.67 improves her fourth-best placement in the 400.
Three underclass female runners swept the distance events, led by Claire Hinshaw’s (New Castle, Ind.) victory in the 1500-meter run (5:17.56) in the first running event of the day.
Freshman Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) followed with a season-best time of 2:27.85 to gap the field in the 800-meter run.
Sophomore Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind) finished nearly one minute ahead of her closest competitor in the 5000-meter run, running the fifth-fastest time in Hanover history (18:30.17).
Senior thrower Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind.) also scored highly for the Panthers, winning the discus throw with a career-best 35.14-meter toss to accompany a second place in the hammer throw (39.69).
Sophomore Janet Schnurr (Lexington, Ky.) completed the Hanover sweep of throwing events with a season-best toss of 30.39-meters.
The women scored 189 points to outdistance NAIA opponent Campbellsville University (Ky.) by 27 points.
The men were again led by senior sprinter Andy Orem (Princeton, Ind.) and sophomore thrower Al Moreland (Lawton, Mich.).
Orem outkicked a Notre Dame College (Ohio) competitor to win his season-debut 400-meter hurdle race, running 56.77 seconds.
Orem also lead off the second-place 4x400-meter-relay team of Joe Feldman (Oregonia, Ohio), Brendan Kelly (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jack Schoening (Noblesville, Ind.) The group ran a season-best 3:30.35.
Moreland qualified for finals in second place and moved into the lead with a 47.39-meter heave in his second throw.
Three underclassmen distance runners turned in the best 5000-meter run performances in recent history.
Freshman Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) led the effort with a personal-record 15:55.48.
Sophomore Logan Wells (Scottsburg, Ind.) raced with Franke for much of the race, running his own career-best of 16:08.62.
Freshman Drew Elston (Carmel, Ind.) rounded out the distance performances with a 16:48.40 effort to complete a rigorous 1500-meter and 5000-meter double.
In the sprints, senior Kris Jenkins (Louisville, Ky.) opened the season with strong efforts in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Jenkins finished sixth in both races, running 11.50 seconds and 22.98.
Feldman and Schoening finished fourth and fifth in the 400, running 51.78 and 52.66, respectively.
Sophomore thrower Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.) completed the Panthers' scoring with an seventh-place finish in the hammer, tossing a career-best 40.35 meters.
Hanover scored 65 points to finish behind Division II Notre Dame's 128 point total.
Published Friday, March 22, 2013