Men's track & field places third at HCAC Indoor Championships

Ethan Monnin pole vaulting

ANDERSON, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team tied its best finish ever at an indoor conference championship meet as the Panthers placed third out of the 10 league schools at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday. 

Hanover finished with 86.5 points, which marks its second highest point total behind only its 100-point, and third place finish in the inaugural HCAC Indoor Championships in 2011. That meet was also hosted by Anderson. Rose-Hulman won it's eighth league title with 220 points, followed by the host, Ravens, in second with 111 points. 

Sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) broke his own school record in the pole vault in last year's indoor championships, and repeated the feat again this year. After tying that mark of 4.10m earlier this winter, Monnin broke his record again with a height of 4.35m to place fourth in the event. 

Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) began his day with a second place finish in the 5000m with a time of 15:25.30 and then added a fifth place finish in the 3000m. His time of 8:59.57 was the first time he broke nine minutes in the event as he finished the last 1000m in 2:51. 

Senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) also placed among the top five in the 5000m. In his final indoor championships, Rector ran a time of 15:35.52 for fourth place. 

In addition to Hedrick's second place finish, sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) recorded the Panthers' other second place finish on the day. Veach ran a time of 4:28.18 in the mile. 

The 4x400m relay of junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.), sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) added their names to the Hanover record book as they posted the second fastest time in school history. Their time of 3:30.86 was good for third place. 

Hunter and Payne added two other top five marks in school history in the 400m. Hunter moved into third place all time at 51.13, which was third overall, while Payne is now fifth in program history at 51.96, good for fifth in the meet. Payne also had a fifth place finish in the 200m with a time of of 23.66.

Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and Hunter came in third and fourth respectively in the high jump. Sheryak cleared 1.83 meters followed by Hunter at 1.78m. 

In his first league meet, freshman Alex Maledeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) set a new personal record in the 60m hurdles. His time of 8.78 put him third overall. 

The Panthers have one more scheduled indoor competition before moving outdoors. Hanover is set to return to Anderson Saturday, Feb. 24 for the Fred Wilt Invitational. Start time is set for 3 p.m. in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard