Men's track opens weekend at two events

Jacob Sofronko competing in weight throw

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Hanover men's track and field team opened the weekend with athletes competing at both the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invite and the Tom Hathaway Classic Friday, Jan. 26. 

In total, five Panthers competed on the day with junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) going to Indianapolis to compete in the first day of the heptathlon, while senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) and sophomores Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) traveled to Terre Haute for the weight throw and pole vault. 

Sheryak and Hunter began the day making a bit of school history as the duo became the first Hanover athletes to compete indoors in the heptathlon. On day one of the event, they competed in four of the seven events with the remaining three to take place Saturday.

Sheryak currently sits in second place, while Hunter will go into day two in fifth place overall. Of the four events, Sheryak posted two top three finishes as he tied for second in the high jump (1.76m) and finished third in the shot put (10.31m). After four events, he has scored 2,346 points.

Hunter tallied 2,197 total points and finished fourth in both the 60-meter dash (7.48) and long jump (5.82m), and also tied for fourth in the high jump (1.73m).

Later in the day, Monnin bettered his season-opening height from last week with a vault of 3.90m at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invite. That was good enough for fourth overall.

Sofronko and Perez finished sixth and 11th respectively in the weight throw. Sofronko's throw went 14.04m, while Perez threw a distance of 13.60m.

Sheryak and Hunter will complete the heptathlon Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Tom Hathaway Classic. They will also be joined by junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomores Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). Payne and Pyle will run the 200m and Veach the 800m. Start time is set for 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis.

Contact: Mike Pritchard