Hanover men perform well at DePauw Indoor Classic

Reece Hunter running

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The Hanover men's track and field team recorded five top five finishes and posted two new top five marks in program history as the Panthers competed in the DePauw Classic Saturday afternoon. 

Freshmen Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Alex Maledeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) moved into the top five in school history in the 400m and 60m hurdles. Hunter placed 3rd in the 400m with a time of 52.17, good for fifth all-time, while Maledeney was seventh in the 60m hurdles. His time of 9.12 moves him into third all-time in the event. Hunter also scored in the 200m with a seventh place finish in 23.47. 

Like Hunter, junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up points for the Panthers in multiple events. Payne was third in the 200m with a time of 23.24, and ran a 52.65 in the 400m to finish in sixth place. 

Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) recorded a new personal record in the 3000 meter run. The third-year athlete ran a time of 9:06.11 to improve on the fourth best time in program history. 

The 4x200m relay team was a fourth place finisher with a time of 1:34.41, and senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) added a top five finish in the weight throw. His toss of 15.30m was good enough for fifth place in the event. 

The Panthers finished with a team score of 43 points to place eighth out of 14 competing schools. Wabash won the meet with 119 points. Rose-Hulman (115 points) and the host, DePauw (97), completed the top three. 

Hanover will next return to Anderson, Ind. Saturday, Feb. 17 for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships hosted by Anderson. The meet is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard