The Hanover College track & field teams followed up a strong conference championship performance with a record-setting night at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational. Led by three school records from sophomore Briahna Chambers (Bell, Tex.) and a 400-meter hurdles win by Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind.) the Panthers placed in the top six places in six events.
The meet was held Friday, May 4 at Robert C. Haugh Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
Competing against a largely NCAA Division I field, Vincz broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles, running 1:02.69. The senior remains ranked in the top fifteen athletes in the nation in Division III in her signature event.
Chambers came ever so close to a win of her own, placing second in the long jump with a 5.59-meter (18’04.25”) meter leap. The winning jump was 5.60-meters by Ball State’s Christina Crawford.
Chambers followed her record-setting field performance with the two fastest sprint races in Hanover history. Chambers ran a 12.37 100-meter dash to break the oldest remaining Hanover record. Her sprint topped the Julie Campbell’s 1992 12.40 performance.
The diminutive sophomore closed out her day breaking Jane Burnell’s 2011 200-meter dash record. Chambers ran 25.65 to top the previous 25.91 record.
Senior long sprinter Rachel Slade ran 26.08 in the same heat to strengthen her third-place standing in Hanover history.
Slade also placed sixth in the 400-meter dash, gapping the field in her heat in a time of 59.76.
Freshman triple jumper Holli Leslie turned in the final record-setting performance for the women’s team, placing third in the event with an 11.00-meter (36’01.25”) leap to improve upon her previous school record of 10.93-meters.
On the men’s side, sprinter Kris Jenkins moved into third all-time in the 100-meter dash, running 11.07. Jenkins also ran 22.39 in the 200-meter dash, just off his school record time of 22.29.
Freshman Joe Feldman recorded the fastest 400-meter freshman mark in Hanover history, running 49.82 to move into third on the Hanover all-time list.
Published Saturday, May 4, 2013