Men's track returns to Anderson for Fred Wilt Invitational

Jacob Sofronko weight throw

HANOVER, Ind. - With the conference meet behind us, the Hanover men's track & field team will take a selected group of individuals to the Fred Wilt Invitational Saturday, Feb. 24. The meet will take place at 3 p.m. in Anderson, Ind. at the Kardatzke Wellness Center. 

COMPETITION: Anderson (Ind.), Bluffton (Ohio), Brescia (Ky.), Centre (Ky.), Defiance (Ohio), DePauw (Ind.), Earlham (Ind.), Eureka (Ill.), Franklin (Ind.), Huntington (Ind.), IU-Kokomo (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), Rose-Hulman (Ind.), Spalding (Ky.), Vincennes (Ind.), Wabash (Ind.)


LAST WEEK: The Panthers posted a third place finish last week at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. That finish tied the best-ever finish by a Hanover men's team at the event as the 2011 team was also third at the inaugural league meet.

For the second consecutive year the school pole vault record was broken. Sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) broke his own school record at this meet as a freshman, and topped that with height of 4:35m to break his own record again this year. 

Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) recorded Hanover's top finishes of the competition. Hedrick was second in the 5000m (15:25.30), while Veach also placed second in the mile run (4:28.18). 

In addition, junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) added their names to the school record book. Hunter ran a 51.13 in the 400m to move into third place, and Payne is now fifth in the same event with a time of 51.96. The two also joined senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) in running the second fastest time in school history in the 4x400m relay (3:30.86).

ONE MORE TIME: Saturday's meet will be the final indoor competition for senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.). Already the school record holder in the weight throw, Sofronko will look to improve on his 15.76m toss from earlier this winter. 

HEPTATHLON PREP: Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) will make the trip and compete in three events in preparation for the heptathlon later this spring. Sheryak is scheduled to participate in the pole vault, triple jump and 60m hurdles. 

UP NEXT: Hanover will next send a group of athletes to the Ohio Northern Last Chance meet Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 in Ada, Ohio. The meet will be the final indoor opportunity prior to the NCAA Division III National Championships the following weekend.

Contact: Mike Pritchard