SOGGY SHOWDOWN: Hanover’s Logan Wells (above, left) and Ashlee Arbaugh (below) compete in the steeple chase and shot put, respectively, at Saturday’s cold and wet Hanover Invitational track and field meet. (Photos courtesy of Hanover College)
SOGGY SHOWDOWN: Hanover’s Logan Wells (above, left) and Ashlee Arbaugh (below) compete in the steeple chase and shot put, respectively, at Saturday’s cold and wet Hanover Invitational track and field meet. (Photos courtesy of Hanover College)
Hanover College freshman Savannah Hubbard collected her first collegiate win to lead the women's track and field team Saturday at the frigid and rain-soaked Hanover Invitational.

Hubbard, a graduate of nearby Southwestern, sailed 4.43 meters in her first long jump attempt before passing on the following three jumps due to driving rain.

Hanover's sprinters and jumpers sat out the majority of events due to weather conditions.

Joe Feldmann, a sophomore from Oregonia, Ohio, cruised to his first collegiate win, running 50.92 to top the field in the 400 meters by almost half a second in the men's portion of the meet.

Rachel Smith placed second in the women's 800-meter run in 2:27.15 and Kaleigh DeBeck was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:31.37 in her debut in the event.

Anni Titchenal and Kori Siebert also placed in the steeplechase, running 12:54.40 and 12:59.48, resepectively, for fourth and fifth overall.

Ashlee Arbaugh opened her outdoor season with a second-place in the hammer throw. Her 36.47-meter toss was the best by a NCAA Division III athlete. Arbaugh was third in the shot (10.88 meters) and fourth in discus (31.62 meters).

Megan Richey placed fourth in the hammer throw. Her 32.32-meter toss is the fifth-best in Hanover history.

Transylvania sophomore Shelby Auxier, Hubbard's teammate at Southwestern, finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.20 and second in the 200-meter dash in 27.61. She also finished second in the 400-meter relay in 52.51.

Auxier's college teammate, senior Alex Rand, was 11th in the 5000 meters in 22:24.65. Rand is a Trimble County graduate.

Logan Wells was sixth in the men's 10,000 meters in a personal-best 32:53.84, while Ben Franke matched his place in the 5000 meters in 16:09.76. Jake Hally was a spot behind Franke with a personal-best 16:30.50 in the 5,000 and Richie Sellers was fourth in the 800-meter run (2:04.24) with Brendan Kelly taking fifth (2:04.53).

While poor weather conditions prevented most of Hanover's sprinters and jumpers from competing, the 400-meter relay of Anthony Pizzo, Enrico Franchini, Tyler Arceneaux and Torrey Gardiner was second in 44.82.

Austin Duncan placed seventh in the discus, throwing 38.04 meters.

Switzerland County's Clint Swanson, a freshman at Indiana East, was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.65 and third in the 400-meter relay in 46.17.

Due to poor weather conditions, the javelin toss, high jump and pole vault were not contested.

Hanover's women were second in the 11-team field, finishing as the top non-scholarship institution. NAIA-opponent Huntington won the invitational with 146 points.

Hanover's men were fourth in the 12-team field with 62 points. Rose-Hulman won with 143 points.

Men's golf wins Rose Invite

Freshman P.J. Greene and senior Robert Bader each placed in the top four to lead Hanover's win at the Rose-Hulman Invitational at Hulman Links in Terre Haute.

Greene fired a tourney-low 71 on the second day of ebvent and finished third among 60 golfers at 149 (78-71). Bader posted back-to-back 75s (150) for fourth.

After shooting a 307 the first day, Hanover shaved two strokes off as a group in the second round for a 612 (307-305) to win the team title by eight strokes. Wabash and Thomas More (Ky.) tied for second with 320s. Vincennes, which won the NJCAA National Championship last year, was fourth among eight schools with 328.

Freshman Johnny Vidal posted a 156 (77-79) in 12th for Hanover. Matt Ehman was two strokes back in 13th at 158 (78-80) and Patric Geary was 22nd with a 163 (77-86).

Thomas More's Mike Marcagi was medalist with a 146 (75-71) on the par-72, 6,775-yard course. Rose-Hulman's Sanders Park finished second after a two-day total of 147 (74-73).

Baseball drops doubleheader

Hanover dipped below the .500 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday with two losses Saturday at Rose-Hulman.

The Panthers rallied late in game one but fell 5-3. Rose led 5-0 after six innings but Hanover scored once in the top of the seventh and twice in the eighth but left the bases-loaded in the eighth and the tying-run on base in the ninth.

Junior Ryan Johns had two of Hanover's seven hits. Kolton Chapman and Matt Brooks each had a double.

Senior Andrew Roby got the start and the loss. Roby pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up all five runs including four earned on nine hits while walking one and striking out eight.

Hanover took an early 2-0 lead in game two but the Engineers' offense dominated the rest of the way for an 11-5 win.

Rose-Hulman (11-4, 6-0 HCAC) scored four runs each in the third and fourth innings before a Hanover run in the sixth cut the deficit to 8-3. The Engineers responded with their final three runs in the bottom of the eighth while Hanover plated one in the top of the ninth for the 11-5 final.

The Panthers had 13 hits in game two. Chris Ares was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. Brooks, Zack Shultz, Alec Dunn and Austin Holloway had two hits each.

Sophomore Nick Brunner, a graduate from Jennings County, got his third start of the season and took the loss. Brunner pitched the game's first three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs including six earned on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

Hanover (6-10, 2-4 HCAC) visits HCAC foe Transylvania on Tuesday.

LAX falls at Benedictine

Hanover narrowly dropped a Midwest Lacrosse Conference match on Saturday 8-7 at Benedictine in Lisle, Ill.

Benedictine (6-3, 2-1 MLC) surged ahead 5-0 after the first period and maintained the five-goal lead at 7-2 midway through the third before the Panthers scored four consecutive goals four minutes into in the fourth period to pull within 7-6. 

The rally was quickly extinguished as Benedictine turned up the heat on defense. After the two teams traded goals to make it 8-7, the Panthers had four shots in final four minutes including three in the final 33 seconds but were unable to tie the game.

Junior Luke Karnick matched his season-high with three goals to lead the Hanover offense. Nick Hermes, Josh Green, Zac Cheatle and Angelo Buturri each scored one.

Addison Sears spent the entire 60 minutes in the Hanover net and collected 11 saves. It was Sears' third double-digit save game of the season.

  Hanover (7-3, 3-2 MLC) visits Defiance on Wednesday.

Women's tennis wins again

Hanover women's tennis beat Rose-Hulman 7-2 in a non-conference clash Saturday in Terre Haute as the Panthers continue preparing for the upcoming NCAA championships in May.

Hanover posted wins in two of the three doubles matches before taking five of six in singles action to improve to 2-2 this spring. 

Match results were: Singles- No. 1 Mackenzie Spicer (HC) d. Marie Stettler (RHIT) 8-4; No. 2 Mallory Noble (HC) d. Suzana Mohd (RHIT) 8-4; No. 3 Allison Poston (HC) d. Paige Cook (RHIT) 8-3; No. 4 Shelby Williamson (HC) d. Lauren Miller (RHIT) 8-1; No. 5 Kirby Lantz (HC) d. Lauren Reberger (RHIT) 8-2; No. 6 Becca Stanley (RHIT) d. Sarah Love (HC) 8-2. Doubles - No. 1 Mallory Noble and Allison Poston (HC) d. Marie Stettler and Paige Cook (RHIT) 8-0; No. 2 Mackenzie Spicer and Kirby Lantz (HC) d. Suzana Mohd and Kylie McCollum (RHIT) 8-3; No. 3 Lauren Reberger and Colleen Stevenson (RHIT) d. Shelby Williamson and Sarah Love (HC) 8-1. 

Hanover (15-5) hosts Franklin on April 13. 

Rose sweeps net men

Hanover's men wins hard to come by on Saturday, falling 9-0 to Rose-Hulman in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tennis match in Terre Haute.

Despite the shutout, Hanover battled in four of the nine contests and were only blanked in one.  

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Brandon Benedict (RHIT) d. Brian Clark (HC) 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Georges Adam (RHIT) d. Reid Clark (HC) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Matthew Conrad (RHIT) d. Jordan Myers (HC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); No. 4 Nate Moore (RHIT) d. Josh Ruse (HC) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8); No. 5 Erin Miller (RHIT) d. Andrew Laubner (HC) 6-3, 6-3; No. 6 Joe Kendall (RHIT) d. Derek Kippenbrock (HC) 6-1, 6-1. Doubles - No. 1 Brandon Benedict and Georges Adams (RHIT) d. Brian Clark and Reid Clark (HC) 8-0; No. 2 Matthew Conrad and Nate Moore (RHIT) d. Jordan Myers and Josh Ruse (HC) 8-2; No. 3 Erin Miller and Ray Montgomery (RHIT) d. Andrew Laubner and Nathan Jones (HC) 8-4. 

Hanover (0-7, 0-2 HCAC) hosts Earlham on Wednesday in an HCAC match.