Hubbard makes history with 15th-place finish in the NCAA indoor pentathlon

Savannah Hubbard mid air in the long jump


NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) made history on Friday, becoming the first Hanover track and field athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, as she placed 15th in the women’s pentathlon.

Hubbard was the lone Panther to appear at the national meet, as she competed in a field of 17 total pentathlon athletes. Her score of 3,189 was her second highest point total of the 2017 indoor season.

The senior’s day got started with the 60-meter hurdles where she finished tied for 14th with a time of 9.51 seconds, which moved her into second all-time at HC. She totaled 806 points in the opening event.

Hubbard then moved to her first field event of the meet, where she posted a height of 1.48 meters in the high jump. She fell just 0.03 meters shy of tying a career best in the event, as she accumulated 599 more points.

The field events continued in her third leg, as Hubbard posted a shot put distance of 10.03 meters. After recording 531 points in the event, the senior was in 14th place overall with 1,936 points.

Highlighting the busy day was the long jump. Hubbard fouled on the first two attempts, leaving no room for error in her final trot down the runway, as she posted the fourth best mark at 5.21 meters. She recorded 617 points in the event, vaulting up to 12th in the overall standings.

The senior was a personal record away in the 800m run from breaking her own school record in the pentathlon, but valiant effort came up just short, finishing in 2:34.66. After recording 636 points in the final event of the five-leg competition, Hubbard ranked 15th.

Hubbard entered the indoor national championships with the 15th best score in NCAA Division III at 3,243 points, which she posted last week to qualify for the national meet. Her total of 3,243 is also the current school record.

The senior, along with the rest of the men’s and women’s track and field teams will now turn their attention to the outdoor season, which will begin in two weeks. The Panthers open the 2017 outdoor campaign at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedarville (Ohio) Yellow Jacket Open.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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