Panthers conquer wind, cold to win RHIT Twilight

Despite strong winds and chilly temperatures, the Hanover College women’s track & field team claimed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Twilight title and the Panthers' men's team finished sixth in the 12-team field. The meet was held Friday, April 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.

With the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship just a week away and the conclusion of final exams earlier in the day, the Panthers raced a light schedule, with many athletes only competing in one event.

Hanover's men’s team was paced by freshman Nick Jaeger’s (Terre Haute, Ind.) victory in the high jump. Jaeger topped the field at 1.88 meters, before narrowly missing subsequent attempts at 1.99 meters.

Freshman distance runner Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) ran the second-fastest freshman 3,000-meter-run to place second overall (9.20.07). Franke’s time ranks fifth in school history.

Senior sprinter Kris Jenkins (Louisville, Ky.) finished fifth in both the 100-meter dash (11.32) and the 200 meters (22.54), while junior Al Moreland matched with a fifth place in the javelin throw (43.18 meters).

Hanover's women were again paced by the field events, as the Panthers claimed titles in the long jump, shot put, hammer throw and triple jump.

Freshmen Holli Leslie (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) took the triple jump (10.63 meters) and shot put (12.05 meters), respectively. Arbaugh also placed fourth in discus (33.09 meters) and fifth in the hammer (39.33 meters).

Senior thrower Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the hammer throw with a 41.97-meter toss. She also placed second in discus (35.31 meters) and fourth in the shot (10.31 meters).

Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas), a sophomore, won the long jump with a 5.16-meter leap. Chambers also finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.57 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.08).

Chambers' 200 is a career best and highlighted a heat that saw a trio of Panthers run three of the top five times in Hanover history. Senior Rachel Slade (Milton, Ohio) finished third (26.22) and holds the same spot in Hanover history, while classmate Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) was fourth with a 26.32-second effort and ranks fifth all-time.

Vincz also moved into the Hanover top five with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter run with a 1:01.25 effort. Slade finished in fifth (1:02.40).

Freshman Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) ran 2:27.55 to finish fourth in the 800-meter run, while classmates Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) and Nikki Lewis (Mahomet, Ill.) ran personal bests to finish second (12:31.10) and third (13:10.35), respectively, in the steeplechase.

Freshman Rachel Callahan (Guilford, Ind.) placed highly in the hurdles races, running 16.14 seconds for third in the 100-meter hurdles and a career-best 1:10.93 to place second in the 400-meter hurdles.

Frannie Larson (Lagrange, Ky.) continued her strong season, finishing second in the high jump with a 1.58-meter effort.

Rose-Hulman Twilight results