Hedrick sets school record in first outdoor meet of the season

Jacob Hedrick

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Hanover track and field junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) opened the 2018 season on a high note as the third-year athlete broke the school record in the 5000m run at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird meet Saturday afternoon. 

Hedrick ran a time of 15:04.50 to break Joe Lake's 1983 record of 15:09.31 by almost five seconds. Senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) finished third in the same event with a new personal record of 15:12.02, which is good for third fastest in program history. 

The 4x400m relay put their names in the Hanover record book as they recorded the third fastest time in school history. The Panthers time of 3:24.25 in their first outdoor competition is six seconds faster than their best indoor time this winter. 

Junior Matt Young (Carmel, Ind.) and freshmen Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) recorded personal bests in the meet. Young ran a time of 10:55.05 in the 3000m steeplechase to place fourth. Hunter was third in the 400m dash with a time of 50.44, and Maldeney placed 6th in the 200m dash in 23.66. In addition to his personal record in the 400m dash, Hunter also scored in the high jump with a height of 1.79m, good for second. 

Senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) recorded a second place finish of his own in the 400m hurdles. The senior ran a time of 58.66, while freshman Jordan Blankman (Monticello, Ind.) scored in two events for Hanover. Blankman was seventh in the triple jump (11.36m) and sixth in the 400m dash (1:01.04). 

As a team, the Panthers placed fourth out of 10 schools with 64 total points. The host, Rose-Hulman, won the meet with 269 points, followed by DePauw in second (99 points) and Thomas More (Ky.) in third with 66.5 points. 

Hanover will return home next weekend to host the Hanover Invitational. The meet will take place Saturday, March 31 and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Alumni Stadium. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard