Freshman Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) collected her first collegiate win to lead the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the frigid and rain-soaked Hanover Invitational.
Hubbard sailed 4.43 meters in her first long jump attempt before passing on the following three jumps due to driving rain.
The Panther sprinters and jumpers sat out the majority of events due to weather conditions.
Sophomore Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) placed second in the 800-meter run, moving from fourth to second in the last 200 meters to run 2:27.15.
Classmate Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running 12:31.37 in her debut in the event.
Sophomore Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) and freshman Kori Siebert (Borden, Ind.) also placed in the event, running 12:54.40 and 12:59.48 to finish fourth and fifth overall.
Sophomore thrower Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) opened her outdoor season with a solid outing, highlighted by a second-place finish in the hammer throw. Her 36.47-meter toss was the best by a NCAA Division III athlete. Arbaugh also placed third in shot put (10.88 meters) and fourth in discus (31.62 meters).
Freshman Megan Richey (Marshall, Ill.) placed fourth in the hammer throw. Her 32.32-meter toss is the fifth-best in Hanover history.
Due to poor weather conditions, the javelin throw, high jump and pole vault were not contested.
Hanover finished second in the 11-team invitational, finishing as the top non-scholarship institution. NAIA-opponent Huntington University won the invitational with 146 points.
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014