Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - Following another strong showing this past weekend at Anderson, the Hanover men's track & field team will compete at the DePauw Invitational Saturday, February 10. Events will start at 11 AM in the Indoor Track Center on DePauw's campus.
THE COMPETITION: Anderson (Ind.), Centre (Ky.), DePauw (Ind.), Earlham (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Kentucky Wesleyan, Lindenwood (Mo.), Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), Rhodes (Tenn.), Rose-Hulman (Ind.), Spalding (Ky.), Transylvania (Ky.) and Wabash (Ind.)
LAST WEEK: Last week at Anderson was a particularly strong showing with two school records falling. Senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) placed first in his record-setting weight throw with a 15.76m effort, which ranks sixth in the HCAC this season and within the top 20 in the Great Lakes region.
In the pole vault, sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) tied his school record of 4.10m and placed third overall behind two NCAA Division I athletes from Miami (Ohio).
The jumps also saw a couple of top-three performances. Senior Tommaso Girelli (Trentino, Italy) posted a personal best 11.80m in the triple jump, which put him in second. Meanwhile, freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) recorded a 1.72m high jump, qualifying him for third amongst the seven-person field.
For the 200 and 400, Hanover had two top-five finishers. In the 200, junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) set a personal record with his fourth-place time of 23.09 seconds, which moved him into second in program history. Sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) finished fifth in both the 200 and 400 with respective times of 23.44 and 52.66.
HCAC RECOGNITION: For the second consecutive week, the HCAC garnered a Hanover men's track runner with its weekly award. Sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) earned the award after surpassing the school record for the 1600m run with a time of 4:27.67, which won him the event over two NCAA Division I runners. Additionally, it ranks as the best time in the HCAC this season.
THINGS TO WATCH: Darrell Payne came within 0.34 seconds of the record in the 200m dash, and he or Pyle could be poised to break the record this weekend. Veach has been a key contributor all season as has Sofronko, and both look to be major point-scorers.
PEFORMANCE LIST: The Panthers continue to rewrite the school record book. Through three weeks, the Hanover men have set 30 new personal bests and nine new top five marks in school history, including four new school records and another that was tied.
UP NEXT: The Hanover men travel to Anderson, Ind. for the HCAC Indoor Championships Saturday, February 17. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.
Contact: Mike Pritchard