Men's Outdoor Track & Field Preview: Field Events

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PREVIEW NO. 1: TRACK ATHLETES

HANOVER, Ind. – With the 2018 outdoor season fast approaching, we will take a deeper look at the field athletes for the Hanover men's track team.

Last week, we began our preview series with an overview of the track athletes on the men's side, leaving us with the field participants now. To view the top athletes on the track, visit the link above.

Off the track this spring, the men will have a fairly sizeable youth movement, but do have veteran leadership to compliment the underclassmen. Just as he did during the indoor campaign, senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) will lead the throws group. Sofronko, who set the indoor school record in the weight throw this winter, has found most of his success outdoors in the hammer throw. The senior placed fifth at the HCAC Outdoor Championships in 2016 and posted a career-best toss of 45.02m in last year's home meet, which is currently good enough for fifth all-time.

Head coach Brian Power will rely on Sofronko and newcomer, sophomore Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) to lead the way in the throws, "Sofronko will continue to lead the throwers with Pereze looking to make an impact in the discus. We are excited to see the large freshman class progress throughout the season as well."

The school's outdoor pole vault record has stood for nearly 55 years, but coach Power believes it may fall this spring with sophomore Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) competing, stating, "we expect Monnin to break Jerry Fishel's 1693 record early in the season and continue to place high in the league."

Monnin broke his own school record in the indoor pole vault this winter, posting a height of 4.35m at the HCAC Championships, which earned him a fourth place finish. His debut outdoor campaign in 2017 saw him clear 3.75m four times, with his best mark of 4.35m ranking fourth at the conference meet and second all-time at HC.

Freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will look to build off a strong indoor season as he enters his first collegiate outdoor campaign. "Hunter showed outstanding progression in the jumps during the indoor season. He will look to score significant points in those events this spring."

Hunter is coming off his best long jump performance of his brief career, posting a 6.24m jump at the Ohio Northern Indoor Final Qualifier. His best high jump mark, 1.84m, came in his collegiate debut back in January, as both of his top jumps barely finished outside the program's top five all-time list. The freshman was also able to score in the high jump at the indoor conference meet this past February.

Hanover will open the 2018 outdoor season this weekend, March 17, at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu