Panthers prepped for HCAC Indoor Championships
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s track and field team will hope to return to the form from a few seasons ago, when they won back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor championships in 2012 and 2013, as they compete in the league meet this weekend.
The Panthers have never failed to finish outside the top four in the team scoring over the past six indoor conference championships, put are coming off a fourth place finish a year ago. Hanover will look to return to the top of the HCAC this weekend, as the conference championships will take place at Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Hanover is no stranger to the RHIT facility this year, competing at Engineer-hosted events in the first two weeks of the indoor campaign. The Panthers have three top three finishes as a team this season, including a 181-point performance, which earned them first place at the DePauw Small College Invitational back on Feb. 3.
The Blue and Red will have the luxury of having the reigning HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete on their side in senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). Hubbard has not disappointed this year, as she has 17 top-five finishes in her final indoor campaign. Hubbard has enjoyed strong performances at the HCAC Championships in the past, as she has recorded points for the team scoring in nine individual events over the past two conference meets. She will return this year to defend her 2016 HCAC indoor long jump title, while also looking to improve upon finishes in the 200m, 400m, 60m hurdle, and triple jump.
Her classmate Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) will return to the HCAC Indoor Championships for the first time since 2014, as she will compete in the 800m and 4x400m relay. In the 2014 conference meet, Ferrell placed seventh in the 400m, while also being a part of the 4x400m and distance medley relay teams, earning second team all-HCAC honors. The senior has ran in the 800m twice this season, setting a new personal record last time out, finishing in 2:30.04.
Sophomore Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) is scheduled to compete in the pole vault, as she set the school record in the event earlier this season. Clancy posted a height of 3.27 meters in the opening meet of the season, Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, following it up with a 3.20 meter performance the following weekend at RHIT. She placed fourth in the event in last year’s conference meet.
Clancy’s classmate Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) will compete in four events this year, after competing in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays last season. Burnett will again participate on the two relay squads, which posted top six finishes in 2016, while also adding the 200m and 400m to her schedule. The sophomore set a personal best in the 400m earlier this year, racing in at 1:03.05.
Freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will be making her conference championship debut this weekend, but has fond memories of competing at RHIT earlier this season. Hunter finished first in the 400m in the opening meet of the season, posting the third fastest time in school history, 1:01.82, en route to being named HCAC women’s track athlete of the week. Her conference weekly award started a streak of three consecutive awards for HC, as Burnett and Hubbard each added the award in the following weeks.
Contact: Tyler Jester