GREENWOOD, Ind. – Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) highlighted nine total HCAC Indoor all-conference awards for the Hanover men's track & field team Wednesday afternoon.
The Panthers, who tied their best finish ever at the indoor conference meet this past weekend, placed third overall with 86.5 points. Hanover's second top three finish in three years was led by Hedrick and Veach, who garnered second team accolades for their performances at Anderson University last Saturday.
Hedrick competed in a pair of distance events at HCAC Championships, setting new personal records with second and fifth place finishes in the 5K and 3K, respectively. The junior's 5K time of 15:25.30 was good enough to earn him the second team honors, while his 3K mark of 8:59.97 moved him into third all-time at HC.
Veach was tabbed second team after placing second in the one mile run. The sophomore raced across the track in 4:28.18, picking up his second straight indoor all-HCAC award. Veach's indoor campaign was also highlighted by a pair of record-breaking performances in the mile and 800m runs earlier this winter.
Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) also picked up top three individual finishes last weekend, earning them honorable mention accolades. Sheryak, who placed in five total events, including all three jumps, finished third in the high jump with personal record height of 1.83m. Hunter crossed the finish line in the 400m at 51.13 seconds, moving him into the top three in school history.
The sophomore was joined by classmate Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.), senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the 4x400m relay, which placed third overall, awarding the other three members with honorable mention accolades as well. The trio of athletes joining Hunter in the 4x400, were also in the 4x200m relay group that was fourth at the conference meet. Payne added top five individual finishes in the 200 and 400m races as well.
In his first HCAC Indoor Championships, freshman Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) earned a third place finish in the 60m hurdles, to be tabbed to the honorable mention team. Maldeney improved upon his prelim time at the conference meet by nearly two-tenths of a second in the finals' run, scoring a new PR at 8.78 seconds, keeping him third in program history.
Classmate Jordan Blankman (Monticello, Ind.) picked up Hanover's HCAC all-sportsmanship pick as well. Blankman, who competed in a bevy of events this winter, saw his first conference championship meet highlighted by a sixth place finish in the distance medley relay.
The Panthers will return to action this upcoming weekend, as a select number of athletes will compete in Anderson's Fred Wilt Invitational Saturday, Feb. 24.
Contact: Tyler Jester