Three firsts lead women at HCAC championship

Three women claimed individual victories, including a stadium record by sophomore thrower Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio), as the Hanover College women’s track & field team placed second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in Defiance, Ohio.

Arbaugh won the shot put with a 12.84-meter heave, breaking the Justin F. Corrresel Stadium record. The mark, currently one of the top 30 throws in the country, also bettered her previous record of 12.16 meters set in 2013.

Arbaugh claimed top honors in the discus throw with a 37.32-meter mark. The throw is second farthest in college history. Arbaugh finished the weekend by placing sixth in the hammer throw with a season-best 38.45-meter throw.

Junior Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas) won the long jump with a 5.31-meter leap. Chambers also placed second in the 100-meter dash (12.64 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.46), in addition to running a leg on the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay.

Classmate Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.) secured the first Panther win, gapping the field by more than 30 seconds in the 10,000 meters with a time of 39.29.51. Dye also placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run (19:07.65).

Sophomore Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) ran the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 3000-meter steeplechase, placing third in 12:19.54.

Freshman Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) followed this performance with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (10.20 meters).

Junior Frannie Larson (Goshen, Ky.) posted a third-place leap in the high jump. Larson cleared 1.56 meters, while freshman Olivia Hewitt (Florence, Ind.) leapt 1.46 meters to place eighth.

Hubbard was eighth in the long jump with a 4.79-meter leap and then ran a season-best 1:05.10 to place seventh in the 400-meter run.

Sophomore Marissa Pepple (Dayton, Ohio) and freshman Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) placed sixth and eighth in the 400 meters, running 1:04.54 and 1:05.31, respectively.

Hubbard, Jervis and Chambers joined Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) to place fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:16.47).

Ferrell placed second in the 800-meter run, running the second-best time in school history (2:21.99).

Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) also scored in the 800-meter run, placing fifth and eighth overall.

Trachtman’s finish followed a second-straight sub-five minute performance in the 1,500-meter run. The freshman placed third overall, running 4:57.98.

The Panthers scored 123 points to finish second behind host Defiance College (Ohio), which captured the HCAC title with 185.50.

Heartland Conference championships results