By Joseph Wetzler, Staff Writer
April 10, 2013
Track and Field
For the past five years, HPU has hosted a track invitational called the VertKlasse Meeting. This year’s meet was a tremendous success for HPU Track & Field. Sophomore Christian Spaulding set the school record in the javelin, throwing a distance of 66.65 meters (218 feet 8 inches) for the win. Spaulding received the honor of Big South Field Athlete of the Week for his performance. Redshirt-sophomore Max Coleman won in the long jump with a distance of 7.06 meters (23 feet 2 inches).
On the women’s side, freshman Christine Rickert won the javelin with a toss of 44.25 meters (104 feet 2 inches). Junior Kaitlin Whittington won the triple jump event with a distance of 11.66 meters (38 feet 3 inches). Overall, HPU hosted a great meet and competed extremely well.
In its first inaugural season, men’s lacrosse has compiled a 3-9 record thus far. Freshman Dan Lomas leads the Panthers with 32 goals, which is tied for third in all of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. Sophomore Matt Thistle has also paced the Panthers with 17 goals and 17 assists so far. The lacrosse team looks to finish the season strong and gain momentum for next year.
The women’s lacrosse team has faced some tough competition this year. Despite the tough losses to Florida and UNC (both ranked number three at the time HPU played them), the Panthers have started off 2-0 in Big South Play. The tough non-conference schedule has prepared them for the foes in the Big South Conference. Junior Mackenzie Carroll leads the Panthers with 24 goals and 20 assists thus far. Senior Grace Gaeng and junior Alec Perry have also added a combined 39 goals and 12 assists for HPU. The team looks to keep up the strong play in conference and make it to the NCAA Tournament.
Senior Chase Wilson has been dominant this season. In a dual match against Gardner-Webb, Wilson shot a 69 to finish atop the leaderboard. Wilson has also won the Donald Ross Intercollegiate with a 54-hole score of 206 (67-67-72) and the Joe Agee Invitational with a 54-hole score of 208 (69-68-71). Sophomores Charles Valluzzo and Sam Stewart, along with freshman McKay Tye, have also contributed tremendously for HPU Golf.
Sophomore Grier Bennett and freshman Tan Cheeranont have led the women’s golf team to four top-10 finishes this season. Bennett was HPU’s top finisher in the Highlander Invitational and the Terrier Intercollegiate, where she posted a career-best 36-hole score of 147. Cheeranont shot a career low 18-hole score of 70 and 36-hole score of 154 at the Highlander Invitational. Senior Audra McShane and freshman Casey Ward have also added strong play to the HPU women’s golf team. They look to finish the season strong in the Big South Tournament.