Hanover's women's track and field team rode three school records, one meet record and four individual wins to its third-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship over the weekend in North Manchester.

The Hanover men finished sixth in the 10-team field that was held at Manchester College on Friday and Saturday.

Including HCAC indoor track and field championships, the Hanover women have now won each of the last five conference meets.

The well-balanced squad had athletes score in every event the team entered including four first-place finishes.

The Panthers totaled 179 points to outdistance second-place Franklin's 144 - the most points scored in a Heartland Conference championship since 2008.

Hanover's women closed out the team portion of this season having won every NCAA Division III invitational in which the team competed.

"The impact of the seniors is wide-reaching," Hanover coach Brian Powers said. "This is a group that finished sixth as freshman and responded by claiming the next thee conference titles, along with two indoor championships. This group of nine seniors created a culture that expects success while valuing the camaraderie of the team and sacrifice for each other. They will be greatly missed."

Briahna Chambers, a sophomore from Bell, Texas, coasted to victories in the 100 dash in 12.48 seconds and the 200 dash in 26.07. She also anchored the second-fastest 400 relay in school history at 49.64 and the school-record-setting 1600 relay at 4:04.12.

Both relays finished second overall, with the 1600 relay squad surpassing the previous conference record.

Lexi Vincz, a senior from Greenfield, joined Chambers on both relays in addition to collecting an HCAC record of her own. Vincz shattered her own conference mark in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.95, a time that currently ranks 15th in the nation.

Emily Boyd, a senior from Indianapolis, claimed victory in the hammer throw with a 43.09-meter toss. Holli Leslie, a freshman from Indianapolis, won the triple jump with a 10.88-meter leap.

Other top finishes for the Hanover women were: Rachel Slade, second, 200 dash, 26.20 and second, 400 dash, 59.62; Boyd, second, discus, 37.29 meters and seventh, shot put, 10.22; Mackenzie Dye, second, 10,000 run, 38:02.20, fourth, 1500 run, 5:02.87 and fourth, 5000 run, 19:14.74; Ashlee Arbaugh, second, shot put, 12.13, third, discus, 33.57 and sixth, hammer, 36.27 meters; Stephanie Proffit, third, hammer, 37.91; Vincz, fourth, 100 hurdles, 15.63; and Rachel Callahan, sixth, 100 hurdles, 15.84.

On the men's side, Nick Jaeger won the high jump with a 1.93-meter leap to lead Hanover.

Sprinters Andy Orem and Kris Jenkins ran on two school record relays and each scored individual wins to help the vastly improved Panthers finish sixth with 54 points. The team was last one year ago with seven points.

Jenkins finished second in the 100 dash with a personal-best 11.11. He followed this with a fourth-place finish in the 200 dash in 22.43.

Despite suffering a strained hamstring during prelims on Friday, Orem rallied to finish third in the 400 dash in 49.97 along with contributing strong legs in each of Hanover's relays.

The duo joined with Jack Schoening and Tyler Arceneaux to finish second in the 400-meter relay. The 43.25-second effort eclipsed the previous Hanover record of 43.46 set in 2006.

Along with Joe Feldman, Jenkins, Orem and Schoening also broke their own school record in the 1600-meter relay. The squad ran 3:21.18 to finish second overall, topping their previous record of 3:24.00.

Other top finishes for the men were: Feldman, fourth, 400 dash, 50.21; Austin Duncan, seventh, discus, 40.04; Jason Holcomb, seventh, steeplechase, 10:20.48; and Ben Franke, eighth, 1500-meter run, 4:11.49.

Rose-Hulman won the men's HCAC crown with 202 points.

Hanover competes at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington on Friday.

Golf 3-back of Transy at midway point of HCACs

Hanover College's men's golf team began play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship this past weekend at the Ashton Oaks Golf Course in North Bend, Ohio.

The Panthers played the first 36 holes of the 72-hole event on Saturday and Sunday. Hanover shot a 303 on Saturday and a season-best 297 on Sunday to total 600 for the two-days and currently stand in second place just three strokes back of current leader Transylvania at 597.

Mount St. Joseph stands third at 613.

Hanover has three individuals among the top seven in the championship. Senior Marcus El is second with a two-day total of 145. El shot a 3-under-69 on Sunday to trail Transylvania's Stephen Montgomery by one stroke. Robert Bader is three strokes back with a 145 (75-72) and Matt Ehman is seventh at 153 (76-77).

The Panthers' remaining golfers are inside the top 25. Terry Smith is 14th place with a 157 (76-81) and Patric Geary moved up six spots on Sunday to slide into 19th place with a 163 (84-79).

The HCAC championship will conclude next Saturday and Sunday at the Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute.

Softball splits with Ravens in final twinbill of season

The Hanover softball team closed out its season on the road Saturday, splitting a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Anderson, winning 2-0 and losing 9-1.

Hanover won game one despite only two hits. The Panthers scored one run in the fourth inning and one run in the sixth inning for the 2-0 win.

Sophomore Chelsie Nuhring had an RBI double and Victoria Wilson collected the other Hanover base hit.

Hanover ace Leah Kemmerer picked up the victory inside the circle. Kemmerer pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only four hits while striking out seven.

In game two, Anderson scored eight runs in the first inning and one more in the second to make it 9-0. Hanover scored a run in the fifth inning but that was all as the Ravens came away with the 9-1 victory.

The Panthers doubled their hit total in the second game, collecting four hits. Abby Murphy, Wilson, Allison Arnold and Paige Starling each had one base hit. Arnold scored the lone Hanover run and Sarah Richey collected the RBI.

Ashley Cochran was given the loss for Hanover. Cochran faced eight batters in the bottom of the first inning, giving up eight runs on five hits while striking out one.

Unable to finish high enough in the conference standings to receive a bid to the HCAC Tournament, Hanover finishes the season at 13-19 with an 8-8 mark in the league play.

Hermes sets school goals record in lacrosse finale

Hanover's lacrosse team concluded its season on the road, losing to Benedictine (Ill.) 18-12 on Saturday.

Hanover led 2-1 late in the first quarter before Benedictine outscored the Panthers 10-2 to take an 11-4 lead at halftime.

The Panthers opened the second half with three goals to trim the margin to 11-7 but the Eagles outscored Hanover 7-5 the rest of the way to win 18-12.

Sophomore attacker Nick Hermes set a school scoring record in the contest. Hermes netted three goals to increase his season total to 34, breaking the single season scoring record that was previously held by Josh Green in 2012.

Hanover had the advantage on paper in most statistical categories. The Panthers outshot the Eagles 49-46, held a 45-42 edge in ground balls and won 18 of 33 face-offs. Hanover also converted on 17 of 25 clearing opportunities.

Sophomore Branden Geyer had 10 saves in the Hanover net. Sophomore Austi Ciziny had three saves.

Hanover concludes its season at 5-11 with a 3-7 mark in the Midwestern Lacrosse Conference.

Men's tennis shuts out Defiance for road win

Hanover's men's tennis team picked up a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on the road Saturday 9-0 at Defiance.

The Panthers won six singles events and three doubles matches for the sweep.

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Brian Clark (HC) d. Ryan Nelson (DC) 6-4, 2-6, 11-9; No. 2 Reid Clark (HC) d. Cord Speelman (DC) 6-3, 5-7, 10-5; No. 3 Jordan Myers (HC) d. Craig Bills (DC) 6-0, 6-3; No. 4 Devon Sharpe (HC) d. Justin Walker (DC) 6-4, 6-3; No. 5 Andrew Nice (HC) d. Michael Vanderkolk (DC) 6-0, 6-1; No. 6 Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Tyler Thiel (DC) 6-2, 6-0; Doubles - No. 1 Reid Clark, Brian Clark (HC) d. Cord Speelman, Ryan Nelson (DC) 8-6; No. 2 Andrew Nice, Jordan Myers (HC) d. Craig Bills, Justin Walker (DC) 8-4; No. 3 Devon Sharpe, Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Tyler Thiel, Michael Vanderkolk (DC) 8-1.

Hanover (5-12, 5-4 HCAC) battles Rose-Hulman on Saturday to begin play in the Heartland Conference Tournament in Indianapolis.

Baseball drops two at HCAC rival Earlham

Hanover baseball dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on the road Saturday, losing to Earlham 5-0 and 11-6.

In game one, the Quakers scored two runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth to lead 4-0. Earlham went on to score one more run in the fifth for the eventual 5-0 final.

Hanover pitching limited Earlham to just six hits but the Panthers mustered just four. Freshman Daniel Campbell had two hits and Ryan Grau and Chris Ares added the others.

Mitch Hunnicutt was the losing pitcher for the Panthers. Hunnicutt threw five innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three.

In the second game, the two teams were knotted 3-3 after four innings before the Quakers scored twice in the fifth and six times in the sixth to lead 11-3.

Hanover scored three times in the eighth but was unable to complete the comeback, losing 11-6.

The Panthers collected nine hits in game two. Sophomore Ryan Johns had three hits with two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

Andrew Roby was tagged with the loss on the mound. Roby threw five and one-third innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three.

Hanover (15-19, 8-13 HCAC) hosts Transylvania on Tuesday.