Harrier men to host Hanover Invitational this weekend

Darrell Payne

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue their strong season as they host their lone home meet of the season, the Hanover Invitational, beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 31. Field events will also kick off at 11.

THE COMPETITION: Adrian, Berea (Ky.), Centre (Ky.), Franklin*, Georgetown (Ky.), Hanover*, Manchester*, Mount St. Joseph*, Pikeville (Ky.), Spalding (Ky.), Thomas More (Ky.), Transylvania*, Trine (Ind.).

*denotes HCAC Institution

MEET INFO:  Event Schedule  |  Heat Sheets and Live Results links will be available Friday

HEDRICK'S HISTORICAL HEADWAY: In the first meet of their outdoor season, the Panthers garnered a fourth-place team finish at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational. Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) broke the program record for the 5000m run, setting the new mark at 15:04.50. The previous record was set in 1983, which Hedrick surpassed with over five seconds to spare. At the time, his mark was eighth fastest in NCAA Division III and still is the fastest in the HCAC by five seconds.

RECTOR'S CONTINUED SUCCESS: Senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) started off his outdoor season on a high note last week, finishing third in the 5000m with a new personal-best time of 15:12.02, which qualifies for fourth in the record books. Rector has seen success in his previous Hanover Invites, compiling third-place finishes in the 10000m run in 2017 and 2016, while garnering a win in the 5000m run in 2015.

RELAY RUNNING: Senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.), junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.), and freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) compose the 4x400 relay team that set the third-fastest time in HC history with a 3:24.25 finish. Their time also ranks second in the conference this season.

The relays have seen success in year's past at the Hanover Invitational, as the 4x400 Panther group has captured podium finishes at the meet in two of the past three seasons, including a second-place run in 2015.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The 4x100 and 4x400 teams consistently see success at the Hanover Invitational, combining for five top-three finishes at Alumni Stadium in the past three years … Pyle and Payne each look to dip under 50 seconds in the 400m dash, which would flirt with the school record of 49.01 seconds, which was set by Joe Feldmann in 2016 … Hanover will honor its senior athletes at 10:30 a.m., prior to the start of competition.

Contact: Tyler Jester