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Rector, Feldman records lead track at HCAC tune-up

The Hanover College men’s track & field team claimed two school records and two individual wins at the DePauw University Indoor Invite. The meet was held Saturday, Feb. 13th in Greencastle, Ind.

Sophomore Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) used a blistering kick to move from seventh to third in the mile run, running 4:29.74 to surpass Tom Powell’s 1994 record of 4:32.30. Senior Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) won the next heat, running a personal-best 4:35.07 to move into fifth in Hanover history.

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) also earned a third place, running 23.07 to break his school record in the 200-meter dash for the third consecutive week.

Junior Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed sixth in the 400-meter dash, winning his heat in 52.43. The time ranks fourth in Hanover history.

Freshman Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) also won his heat in 52.76, while junior Ricky Windell (Delphi, Ind.) placed fourth in the long jump (6.07-meters)

Junior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) captured his first collegiate victory, winning the 1000-meter run in 2:44.52.

Classmate Dontre Woodruff (Radcliff, Ky.) won the triple jump on his last jump, leaping 12.82-meters. He now ranks second in Hanover history in the event.

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship held in Defiance, Ohio.

DePauw University Indoor Invite results

Battle for 800 record highlights HCAC tune-up

An exciting battle for first place and a school record by seniors Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) in the 800-meter run highlighted several strong performances by the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the DePauw University Indoor Invitational.

Competing in the final tune-up before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship next weekend, DeBeck surged to an early lead with Smith closely behind. Smith made a strong move in the final 30 meters to reclaim the school record with a time of 2:23.49. DeBeck, who had set the mark earlier this season, ran 2:23.67.

Junior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) won the triple jump with a school-record leap of 10.67 meters. Hubbard placed second in the 200-meter dash, running 27.64 seconds to move into fourth in Hanover history.

Classmate Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) led from the gun and used a strong kick in the final 100 meters to win the mile run in 5:33.42, while senior Annie Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) ran a personal-best of 5:35.06 to place fourth.

Freshman Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:29.94, good for sixth in Hanover history.

DePauw Indoor Invitational results

The Panthers will return to action Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Heartland Conference championship in Defiance, Ohio.

Hanover rolls at Earlham, 80-64

The Hanover College men’s basketball team notched its 10th Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory with an 80-64 triumph against Earlham College at Richmond, Ind.

Junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 22 points to pace four Hanover players in double figures. Sophomore swingman Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) had 12 points, while senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) and freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) added 11 apiece.

The Panthers shot 48.4 percent from the floor (30-of-62), turned the ball over just nine times, blocked a season-high six shots and earned a 48-24 rebounding advantage.

McKinney grabbed a game-best eight rebounds. Muchmore and sophomore forward Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) each pulled down seven boards.

Fails matched his season high with seven assists, while Smith’s seven rebounds mark the most in his two-year career.

Hanover held a 19-16 lead seven minutes into the contest before Fails and Van Kleunen each scored from inside and freshman forward Christian Evans (Scottsburg, Ind.) drained a three-pointer to give the Panthers a 26-16 cushion with 10:46 left in the half.

Earlham battled to cut the deficit to 32-27 with four minutes to play before the break. Hanover, however, responded with an 8-0 run to close the half and carried a 40-27 lead into the intermission.

The Panthers (12-11; 10-6 HCAC) would lead by double figures the rest of the way.

Despite both teams going nearly three minutes without a point midway through the second half, Hanover eventually stretched the margin to 18 points (60-42) with six minutes on the clock. The cushion peaked at 19 points (76-57) after a McKinney bucket with 1:55 remaining.

Earlham fell to 2-21 overall and 1-15 in the Heartland Conference with the loss.

Hanover @ Earlham statistics

Hanover will host Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio), Wednesday, Feb. 17. The HCAC battle, which starts the final week of the regular season, will tip off at 7:30 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Photo courtesy of Patti Bingham

Second-half shooting woes lead to loss at Earlham

Hanover College’s women’s basketball team was limited to just eight field goals and 24 second-half points in an 83-75 setback against Earlham College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt at Richmond, Ind.

Despite hitting only three field goals in the third period, Hanover led 60-59 heading into the fourth quarter. The Panthers held a 62-61 lead after sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) scored on a jumper with 9:12 to play. The squad followed with 10 straight misses, allowing Earlham to go on a 12-0 run and surge into a 73-62 lead with 3:35 remaining.

Nash led a last-ditched rally. She made two free throws and nailed a three-pointer to ignite an 11-5 burst to pull Hanover within 78-73 with 90 seconds still on the clock.

The Quakers, however, converted 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch, while the Panthers were off the mark on three shots, to seal the decision.

Nash led all scorers with 24 points, while sophomore guard Maci Maupin (Walton, Ind.) added 12. Senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) had nine points and handed out six assists.

The Panthers finished 26-of-67 from the floor (38.8%). The squad made 8-of-31 shots in the second half (25.8%).

Earlham, which snapped Hanover's 11-game winning streak in the series, shot 59.3 percent from the field and earned a 41-26 rebounding advantage. The Quakers (5-18; 3-13 HCAC) had not defeated the Panthers since Dec. 20, 2005 (77-70).

With the loss, Hanover slipped to 9-14 overall and 5-11 in the Heartland Conference.

Hanover @ Earlham statistics

Hanover will tip off the final week of the regular season, Wednesday, Feb. 17, on the road against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The contest will start at 7:30 p.m. in Delhi, Ohio.

Late surge upends Panthers at Franklin

The final four minutes of action proved costly as Hanover College men’s basketball team lost to Franklin College, 83-71, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Franklin, Ind.

Hanover trailed 62-61 with four minutes to play, but Franklin outscored the Panthers 13-2 in a two and one-half minute span to surge ahead 75-63 with 1:38 on the clock.

Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) each scored from inside to pull Hanover within 75-67 at the 1:10 mark. The Grizzlies countered with an 8-4 run to close the game and snap the Panthers’ five-game winning streak in the series.

Junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a season-best 18 points off the bench to pace Hanover, now 11-11 overall and 9-6 in the Heartland Conference. Billups added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

The Panthers shot 42.6 percent from the field in the contest (23-of-54), but hit just 3-of-17 three-point attempts (17.6%) and turned the ball over 15 times.

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) also grabbed eight rebounds, while Muchmore had seven, to spark Hanover on the glass. The Panthers posted a 40-23 rebounding advantage with 15 offensive boards.

Franklin, just 2-20 overall this winter, improved to 2-13 in the HCAC with the win. The Grizzlies made 26-of-49 field goals (53.1%) with 14 three-pointers.

Hanover @ Franklin statistics

Hanover will face Earlham College, Saturday, Feb. 13, in a Heartland Conference tilt in Richmond, Ind. The contest will tip off at 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Patti Bingham

Poor shooting sinks Panthers

Sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Hanover College women’s basketball team lost 69-61 to Franklin College in Collier Arena.

The Panthers forced 23 turnovers and scored 21 points off the bench, but were unable to overcome an off-shooting night.

The loss drops the Panthers' record to 9-13 overall and 5-10 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Franklin jumped out to the lead from the start, sprinting to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, before three baskets by Nash in the paint pulled the Panthers within 23-15 with 9:03 remaining in the half.

Franklin responded with a run that included five straight points to take a 38-25 lead into halftime.

The Panthers trailed by as many as 23 points heading into the fourth quarter before senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) hit two free throws to spark a 16-8 rally to cut the final lead to single digits.

Malloy hit five free throws during the run and sank a three-pointer with :02 remaining, while Nash sank four free throws and a trey of her own to fuel the late rally.

The duo combined for nine steals in the game.

Reserve guard Whitney Wilson (Springville, Ind.) scored 13 points off the bench.

Hanover hit 18-of-56 (32.1%) from the floor, including only 2-of-14 three-pointers (14.3%). The Panthers, however, converted 23-of-27 (82.4%) from the free throw line.

Franklin shot 27-of-60 (45.0%) and had three players in double digits, led by Lauren DeSutter with 17.

Franklin improves to 15-7 overall and 11-4 in HCAC play.

Hanover vs. Franklin statistics

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. with at Heartland Conference game against Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Records fall at DePauw, Anderson

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) broke his own school record in the 200-meter dash and led off the record-setting 4 x 400-meter relay to highlight a second-place finish at the DePauw Small College Invitational by the Hanover College men’s track & field team. The meet was held Friday, Feb. 5 in Greencastle, Ind.

Feldman held-off teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to win his heat of the 200-meter run in 23.21, bettering his previous record of 23.21 set last week. Franchini ran 23.34, a season-best to finish sixth.

The pair teamed with Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) to finish second in the 4 x 400-meter relay, running 3:32.61 to break the previous record of 3:32.75 set during the 2015 campaign.

Feldmann also won the 400-meter run (50.69), while Alexander ran a personal-best 53.01 to finish fourth.

Feldmann, Alexander, and Franchini teamed with freshman Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) to place second in the 4 x 200-meter relay. Their 1:33.16 mark is the second-best in Hanover history.

Junior mid-distance specialist, Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) ran 4:38.56 to finish fourth in the mile run, while freshman Jordan Davis (Lebanon, Ind.) matched his place in the high jump with a 1.78-meter leap. Classmate Brock Kitchel (Sheridan, Ind.) cleared 1.68-meters to place seventh.

Davis leapt 6.11-meters to take second in the long jump, while Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) placed third with a 6.08-meter jump. Both just missed the fifth-best jump in Hanover history (6.17-meters) in their debut performance in the event.

Jumps specialist Dontre Woodruff (Radcliff, Ky.) placed second in the triple jump. His 12.40-meter leap ranks fourth in Hanover history.

Sophomore thrower Jacob Sofronco (Ridgeville, Ind.) turned in two personal-record performances, placing second in the weight throw with a 13.69-meter toss and sixth in shot put (12.23-meters).

Junior Ivy Stevens (Goshen, Ky.) placed seventh in the shot put (11.91-meters) and third in the weight throw (13.30-meters).

The Panthers tallied 98 points to finish second overall behind Marian University’s 179 points.

Three distance runners made history of their own, racing Saturday, Feb. 6th at the Anderson University Invitational.

Sophomore Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) broke his own school record in the 5000-meter run, placing first in 15:36.87.

Senior Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) ran a personal record of 15:56.62 to place third overall. He now ranks fourth in Hanover history.

Freshman Jacob Hedrick (Henryville, Ind.) finished sixth overall in his debut, running 16:04.49.

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Feb. 13 at the DePauw University Tiger Invitational starting at 11:00 a.m. in Greencastle, Ind.

Panthers' balance handles Manchester

Four players scored double figures, including two off the bench, as the Hanover College women’s basketball squad snapped a three-game skid with a 71-59 victory against Manchester University in Collier Arena.

Hanover grabbed a 19-9 lead late in the first quarter and pushed the margin to 17 points at the half (41-24). Sophomore center Julia Miller (Hartsville, Ind.) scored nine points off the bench and reserve guard Whitney Wilson (Springville, Ind.) added eight to spur the first-half burst.

Freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) scored eight points in the third period as the Panthers expanded the lead to 60-40 heading into the fourth quarter.

Manchester outscored Hanover, 11-4 to open the final frame, cutting the cushion to 64-51 with 4:24 on the clock. However, sophomores Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) and Baylee Mitchell (Advance, Ind.) each scored from inside to push the Panthers' lead to 68-57 with 2:37 left and defense held the Spartans to just one basket in the closing two minutes of action to hold off any late challenge.

Cromer tossed in a game-high 15 points, while Wilson added 13. Senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) posted 12 points, a team-best eight rebounds and four assists. Miller finished with 11 points and seven boards.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics

Hanover, battling for a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s six-team post-season tournament, will host Franklin College, Wednesday, Feb. 10. The HCAC game is slated for a 7:30 start in Collier Arena.

Rally lifts Hanover against Manchester, 78-73

Hanover College’s men’ basketball team outscored Manchester University 24-11 in the final eight minutes to come away with a 78-73 victory in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt in Collier Arena.

Manchester led 62-54 with 8:18 to play before freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ind.) jump-started the decisive run with a three-point play. Sophomore swingman Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) followed with a three-pointer and junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a bucket from inside to erase the Spartans’ lead and tie the game at 62-62 with 5:41 still on the clock.

The squads were tied three times through the next two and one-half minutes. Muchmore scored on a roll to the bucket to give the Panthers the lead for good (68-67) with 2:49 remaining.

Manchester (10-11; 7-7 HCAC) eventually pulled within 72-71 with 50 seconds to go, but Fails and sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) combined to hit 6-of-6 free throws in the closing 26 seconds to seal Hanover’s victory.

Fails finished with a team-high 20 points, including 14 in the second period, and dished out a game-high six assists. Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had 14 points and led the team with six rebounds.

McKinney posted 13 points and senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added 12.

The Panthers shot 56.9 percent from the field (29-of-51), marking the third time in the squad’s last seven games the unit has shot higher than 50 percent from the floor.

Hanover raised its season mark to 11-10 overall and 9-5 in the Heartland Conference. Manchester, meanwhile, slipped to 10-11 overall and 7-7 in the league.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics

Hanover will face Franklin College, Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Franklin, Ind. The HCAC battle will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Clancy record leads track

Freshman Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) broke the school record in the pole vault and junior multi-events specialist Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) won two event to pace the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the DePauw University Small College Invitational. The meet was held Friday, Feb. 5th in Greencastle, Ind.

Clancy claimed the record she previously shared with classmate Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) with a 3.20-meter mark, placing third overall. Trimpe cleared 2.90-meters to finish fifth.

Clancy also finished fifth in the 60-meters with a season-best time of 10.27.

Hubbard leapt a season-best 5.02-meters to win long jump by over half a foot and debuted in triple jump with a 10.34-meter leap to claim her second victory of the day.

Classmate Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) placed third in the 3000-meter run, opening her season with a time of 11:07.84.

Hubbard joined two others in scoring in the 400-meter run, placing seventh. Freshman Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) ran 1:04.05 to place fifth, while Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) placed sixth with an indoor personal record of 1:04.99.

Seniors Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) and Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) both scored in the 800 and mile runs. Smith placed fourth in the mile (5:32.30) and fifth in the 800 (2:29.04), while DeBeck placed sixth in the 800 (2:30.13) and seventh in the mile (5:42.78).

Junior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) joined the duo in the mile run, running 5:37.70 to place fifth.

Senior Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) ran a personal-best 11:16.51 to place fifth in the 3000-meter run, while sophomore Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) matched her place with a 1.48-meter leap in the high jump.

Pennell also placed fifth in the long jump with a personal-best 4.60-meter leap.

Junior Megan Richey placed fifth in the weight throw (11.30-meters) and eighth in shot put (9.07-meters).

Hanover placed third overall with 92 points behind Marian University’s 148.