Panthers set to compete at Anderson Invitational this weekend

Andrew Strong running

HANOVER, Ind. – After another strong outing last week, the Hanover men's track and field team will next compete in the Anderson Invitational this Saturday, Feb. 3. The scheduled start time is 3 p.m. in the Kardatzke Wellness Center on Anderson's campus. 

THE COMPETITION: Anderson (Ind.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Manchester (Ind.), Miami (Ohio) and Mount St. Joseph (Ohio)

LAST WEEK: Although only eight athletes competed last weekend, it turned out to be a big weekend for the men's team. Senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) and sophomores Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) returned to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational, while juniors Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomores Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) participated in the Tom Hathaway Classic in Indianapolis.

Sofronko and Perez were sixth (14.04m) and 11th (13.60m) in the weight throw, and Monnin posted a season-best 3.90m in the pole vault Friday night. 

Saturday saw Sheryak and Hunter become the first two Hanover athletes to complete the heptathlon with Sheryak setting two personal bests en-route to a school record 4,238 points. Hunter finished fifth with 3,453 points and is now second in school history. 

Pyle and Payne placed third and seventh in the 200m and Veach broke the school record in the 800m with a time of 1:59.53.

HCAC RECOGNITION: For the first time this winter, a Hanover men's track and field athlete was recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for its weekly award. After setting a school record in the heptathlon, Joe Sheryak was named the HCAC's Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week. The junior set personal bests in the pole vault (3.72m) and the 60m hurdles (9.21), while placing among the top three in every event on day two of the meet. The award was the first of Sheryak's indoor career. 

RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Entering the season, sophomore Hayden Veach's best time in the 800m was 2:02.05, which was good for fourth on the school's performance list. The second-year athlete's time of 1:59.53 last week at the Tom Hathaway Classic not only set a new personal best, but also broke the school record of 2:00.56 set by Mike Sullivan in 2005. 

KARDATZKE WELLNESS CENTER: In addition to Hanover continuing its indoor season this week at the Anderson Invitational, it will also give the Panthers an opportunity to compete at the Kardatzke Wellness Center on Anderson's campus. That is notable because Hanover will return to Anderson in a couple of weeks to compete in the HCAC Indoor Championships, which will be hosted in the Kardatzke Wellness Center Saturday, Feb. 17. 

UP NEXT: The Hanover men will next travel to Greencastle, Ind. to take part in the DePauw Classic Saturday, Feb. 10. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the indoor track center on campus. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard