Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – After taking our first look at the Hanover men's track & field team last week, we will dive in deeper today with a look at the field athletes.
Prior to the start of the indoor season on Jan. 19, at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, we will take a summative look at last year and preview the top returners and newcomers this season. To check out our previous preview on the men's track athletes, visit the link above.
The throwers will be led this this by senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.), who is the top weight thrower in school history, holding the record with a distance of 15.54 meters. Sofronko set the weight throw school record at the HCAC Championship last season, where he finished third overall to earn all-conference accolades. The senior also posted a personal season-best shot put distance of 11.76m in 2017.
Behind Sofronko is a group of freshman and transfer Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) who will look to make an impact this season. Despite the youth, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, Brian Power, has faith in this group. He said of the throwers "This is a young but exciting group… We have a lot of hope for some talented young freshmen."
The jumpers will be led by junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) who holds the school record for the decathlon with a score of 5,620. In addition, Sheryak also performed well in the high jump last season, including his season-best 1.79m jump that qualified for fifth at the HCAC Indoor Championships. He also logged a second place finish in the event at the DePauw (Ind.) Invitational with a height of 1.78m.
Senior Tomasso Girelli (Trentino, Italy) will lead the Panthers in the horizontal jumps. Girelli competed in the long jump and triple jump last season, including a 11.45m jump in the triple jump at the second weekend of the DePauw invitational.
Also joining this group is freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), who will be used in the multi-events and the high jump. When asked about Hunter, Power expressed the team's excitement of seeing Hunter do the multi-events and his "more natural" event of high jump.
Stay tuned later this week for our breakdown of the team's season-opening trip to Rose-Hulman. Also, be sure to check out our season preview pieces on the women's track and field squad.
Contact: Tyler Jester