Sheryak improves heptathlon school record mark at ONU Final Qualifier

Joe Sheryak

ADA, Ohio – Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) of the Hanover men's track & field team competed in the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier heptathlon Friday and Saturday.

Sheryak and Hunter, who each completed their second heptathlon of the 2018 indoor season, set new personal record scores with 4,340 and 4,092 points respectively. The junior's total improved his school record total by over 100 points and is currently 50th in NCAA Division III this winter. Hunter posted five PR's over the two days with his total in Ada, Ohio breaking his previous best total by over 600 points.

The freshman opened the seven-leg event with a first place finish in the 60m dash Friday, outlasting Sheryak and the one other athlete competing with a time of 7.36 seconds, which was also good enough for 759 points.  Sheryak followed shortly after with a PR of 7.43 seconds.

The long jump saw the duo finish one-two again, this time though, it was Sheryak who had the top mark at 6.53m, a lifetime personal best. The junior finished Day One with 2,564 points, tallying over 600 in three of the four events. Hunter also posted over 600 points three times Friday, finishing at 2,385.

Day Two saw Hunter PR in all three events, highlighted by the final leg, the 1,000m run, which saw him finish in 2:54.27. The freshman grabbed 721 points in the final event, bookending his heptathlon with a pair of 700-point performances.

Sheryak had a narrow overall lead in the three-person field heading into the sixth event, the pole vault, where he finished second, only behind an athlete competing unattached, who set a new facility record in the event. The junior posted three second place finishes Saturday and he ended the day strong by logging his first career sub-three minute time in the 1,000m.
The Panthers have now concluded their 2018 indoor campaign and will open the outdoor season at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.

Contact: Tyler Jester