24 UE track and field throwers compete the first day of the Gibson Invitational


24UE track and field throwers compete on the first day of the Gibson Invitational

The Purple Aces began their weekend in the field in Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Evansville track and field team saw its throwers compete in the first day of the Gibson Invitational on Friday afternoon.

The Purple Aces only competed in four events on the first day of the Gibson Invitational hosted by Indiana State with the men’s and women’s hammer throw and javelin. Three throwers set a personal record while graduate thrower Zach Dove had a top-five finish in the hammer throw.

UE began the meet with the women’s hammer throw as sophomore Gwen Darrah (Cleveland, Ohio / Orange HS) led the team with a throw of 38.43 meters. Seniors Hannah Bryan (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS) and Brooke Springer (Henderson, Ky. / Henderson Community HS) also competed in the event with throws of 31.46 and 29.94 meters respectively.

Evansville’s first season best of the afternoon came from junior Preston Riggs (Ft. Branch, Ind. / Gibson Southern HS) in the men’s javelin at 41.92 meters for 17th. The Aces men also competed in the hammer throw as Dove threw for a team-best 49.60 meters. Freshman Cole Johnson (Salem, Ill. / Salem Community HS) threw a personal record 33.81 meters.

UE’s final event of the day was the women’s javelin where Bryan set a PR at 28.62 meters. Junior Kaitlyn Sansone (Fairfield, Ohio / Mercy McAuley HS) had the best finish in the event with a throw of 29.82 meters for 18th.

Evansville is back in action tomorrow morning in Terre Haute. The Aces day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s shot put and the women’s discus events. UE’s runners will hit th