Sophomore distance runner Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) broke a 20-year-old school record in the 3,000-meter run to lead the Hanover College men’s track & field team at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Twilight.
Franke ran a personal-best by nearly 25 seconds, running 8:54.80 to top Mike Rivera’s 8:57.10 set in 1994.
Freshman Anthony Pizzo (Bloomington, Ind.) enjoyed a career day as well, achieving lifetime bests in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and long jump. Pizzo leapt 6.20 meters to finish seventh in the long jump, while running 23.13 seconds to finish eighth in the 200-meter dash. His 51.86 seconds in the 400-meter dash is the second-fastest mark by a Hanover athlete this season.
Jumping in front of a large crowd of hometown fans, sophomore high jumper Nick Jaeger (Terre Haute, Ind.) cleared 1.93 meters to win the event.
The Panthers also enjoyed a strong day in the throwing events.
In the shot put, junior Brandon Swihart (Linton, Ind.) threw a personal-best mark of 12.97, nearly a meter ahead of his previous best.
In the hammer toss, junior Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.) had four throws over 40-meter for the first time in his career, throwing a personal-record 41.54-meters to place eighth overall.
Classmate Justin Baldwin (North Vernon, Ind.) threw a career-best 45.02 meters in the javelin to claim eighth place.
The Panthers placed ninth in the final tune-up before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships next weekend.
Host Rose-Hulman won the 12-team invitational.
Published Saturday, April 19, 2014