Franklin’s Murdock, RHIT’s Evans Earn HCAC Women’s Track & Field Honors

Franklin’s Murdock, RHIT’s Evans Earn HCAC  Women’s Track & Field Honors

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GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin College’s Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) have been named 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Murdock led the Grizzlies to a second place finish at the meet, while Evans helped the Engineers place fifth at the meet held at Manchester University on April 26-27.

Murdock, a sophomore for the Grizzlies, won three events at the HCAC Championships. She won the 800-meter dash with a HCAC record time of 2:15.65 and the 1,500-meter run in 4:48.04 seconds.  Murdock was also a member of FC’s first place 4-x-400-meter relay team, who captured the title in a HCAC record time of 4:00.07. 

Evans, a senior on the Rose squad, claimed two first place finishes at the meet to pace the Engineers’ fifth place finish.  The senior won the high jump with a HCAC record leap of 1.79 meters and claimed first in the long jump with a mark of 5.44 meters.  Evans also placed third in the triple jump at the meet. 

Also receiving recognition for her efforts at the meet is Hanover’s Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio/H.S.).  The freshman earned the Freshman Athlete of the Year award after leading the Panthers to the school’s third-straight women’s outdoor track and field championship.  Arbaugh earned a second place finish, a third place finish, and a sixth place finish at the meet.  The freshman finished second in the shot put (12.13 meters), third in the discus (33.57 meters), and sixth in the hammer throw (36.27 meters) at the championship meet.

Hanover’s Brian Power was named the HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to the team title. Power, in his second season as head coach for the Panthers, led HC to their third-consecutive women’s outdoor track and field conference championship, garnering 179 points.

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