Vaulters lead strong showing for track & field at Fred Wilt Invite

Erin Trimpe and Joe Sheryak

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover men's and women's track & field teams traveled to Anderson University for the third time in four weeks, this time to compete in the Fred Wilt Invitational Saturday.

Highlighting the day's performance was junior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), who took first place in the women's pole vault. Trimpe tied her school record mark of 3.58 meters for the third time this season, which currently ranks 26th nationally. Joining Trimpe in the pole vault was classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Emily Jones (Pendleton, Ind.), who placed sixth and eighth, respectively. Clancy cleared the 2.98m mark, while Jones' top height was 2.83m Saturday.

Competing in the men's pole vault, junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) moved into second in school history with a height of 3.90m. Sheryak's mark was good enough for sixth at the Fred Wilt Invite. The junior also placed sixth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.14 seconds.

Sophomore Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) added a second place finish in the triple jump, posting a distance of 10.24m. On the men's side, freshman Jordan Blankman (Monticello, Ind.) set a PR in the triple jump with a mark of 10.96m. The freshman also stepped out of his comfort zone to run in the 800m, setting a personal record time of 2:09.89.

Staying on the track, sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) added a pair of top seven finishes in the 200 and 400m. Pyle's 200m time of 23.20 seconds tied a career best during the indoor season.

Boomtown saw a pair of athletes post sixth place finishes in freshman Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) and senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.). Browning nearly set a PR in the women's shot put, posting a distance of 10.57m. Sofronko launched his weight throw 15.44m to place fourth among collegiate athletes.

Senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) competed in the jumps, which was highlighted by a fourth place finish in the long jump. Pennell posted a distance of 4.63m in the long jump, while her height of 1.40m in the high jump was good enough for sixth Saturday.

Hanover will send a select number of athletes to the Ohio Northern Last Chance meet next weekend, March 2 and 3, to close out the indoor season.

Contact: Tyler Jester