Two school records fall, one tied in Panthers' strong outing at Anderson Invite

Jacob Sofronko

ANDERSON, Ind. – Two school records fell, and another was tied, as the Hanover men's track & field team competed at the Anderson Invitational Saturday, Feb. 3.

Setting new program marks were sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ky.) and senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.). Veach broke a nearly two-year-old record, held by senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.), in the one-mile run, outlasting two NCAA Division I runners to win the event Saturday with a time of 4:27.67. The sophomore's time is also the fastest in the HCAC this season.

Sofronko also took first place in his record-setting effort in the weight throw. The senior surpassed his own school mark with a toss of 15.76m, which is sixth in the HCAC and inside the top 20 in the Great Lakes region during the 2018 indoor campaign. Sofronko also placed sixth in the shot put with a personal-best distance of 12.26m.

Tying his own school record in the pole vault was sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Monnin cleared the 4.10m mark Saturday, which was good enough for third overall, only behind a pair of NCAA Division I athletes from Miami (Ohio).

Senior Tommaso Girelli (Trentino, Italy) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) added a pair of top three finishes in the jumping events. Girelli's personal best triple jump of 11.80m was good enough for second, and Hunter's height of 1.72m in the high jump was third among the seven-person field.

More top five perforamnces for the Panthers came in the 3000m run, where Rector and junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) placed third and fourth, respectively. Rector finished in 9:11.39, with Hedrick following shortly after at 9:17.76.

Junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) each finished inside the top six in both the 200 and 400m. Payne set a PR in the 200, placing fourth with a time of 23.09 seconds, good enough to move him into second in school history. Pyle, placed fifth in both events, logging times of 23.44 and 52.66 seconds.

Also moving into the top five in program history was the 4x400m relay team. The squad raced around the track in 3:33.66, which was third Saturday and fourth all-time at HC.

The short sprints were highlighted by senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and freshman Clayton Noblitt (New Goshen, Ind.). Strong ran the 60m hurdles in 9.30 seconds to place fourth, while Noblitt ran to a seventh place finish in the 60m dash, logging a time of 7.35 seconds.

Hanover will return to Anderson in two weeks, Feb. 17, for the HCAC Championships, an event they have placed a program-high third a season ago. The Panthers final preparations for the conference meet will be next weekend, Saturday, Feb. 10, at the DePauw Classic.

Contact: Tyler Jester