HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's and women's track and field teams will send a select number of athletes to compete at the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier this weekend, March 2 and 3.
COMPETITION: Albion (Mich.), Alma (Mich.), Bluffton (Ohio), Calvin (Mich.), Capital (Ohio), Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), Case Western (Ohio), Defiance (Ohio), Earlham (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Fontbonne (Mo.), Geneva (Pa.), Heidelberg (Ohio), Hope (Mich.), Marietta (Ohio), Mount Union (Ohio), Muskingum (Ohio), Ohio Northern, Olivet (Mich.), Otterbein (Ohio), Rose-Hulman (Ind.), Spalding (Ky.)Thomas More (Ky.), Trine (Ind.), Westminster (Pa.), Wilmington (Ohio)
LAST WEEK: Hanover returned to Anderson University one week after earning a pair of third place finishes at the HCAC Indoor Championships and were led by juniors Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) in the pole vault. Trimpe tied her school record mark of 3.53m to win, while Sheryak posted a height of 3.90m, setting a new personal best and moving into second in school history.
Sophomore Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Jordan Blankman (Monticello, Ind.) each found success in the triple jump, with Witt placing second (10.24m) and Blankman setting a new PR (10.96m). Continuing the theme of success in field events, freshman Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) posted a shot put mark of 10.57m. Senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) added a sixth place finish in the weight throw, as his toss of 15.44m was fourth among collegiate athletes.
PANTHERS IN THE MULTIS: This week will see a total of four Hanover track and field athletes compete in the multi-events (women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon). Senior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) will be competing in her first indoor pentathlon event of her career, but has enjoyed personal records on the track and in the field events this season. Joining her on the women's side is sophomore Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). This will be Hunter's first multi-event of 2018, but she did post a personal-best score of 2,543 points at last year's ONU Final Qualifier.
On the men's side, Sheryak and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will look to improve upon marks they set in the heptathlon earlier this winter. Sheryak posted a school-record total of 4,238 points at the UIndy Tom Hathaway Classic on Jan. 26 and 27. Hunter also competed at the UIndy-hosted meet, accumulating 3,453 points over seven events.
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Looking back at last year's ONU Final Qualifier, the Panthers had their first ever athlete qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, as then senior Savannah Hubbard posted a score of 3,243. Her total last year in Ada, Ohio still stands today as the school record. Hubbard would finish her career as one of the most decorated athletes in school history.
VAULTING TO SUCCESS: A trio of Panther pole vaulters will compete this weekend, including the current men's and women's school record holders in sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and Trimpe. Monnin is coming off his record-breaking performance at the HCAC Indoor Championships, where his height of 4.35m was good enough for fourth. Trimpe hit the 3.53m mark three times this season, all of which have come in her last three outings. Former women's school record holder, junior Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.), will also be in action this weekend. Clancy has gone over the three-meter mark three times this winter.
Contact: Tyler Jester