Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue its solid campaign as they travel to compete in the DePauw Invitational with the first gun sounding off at noon Saturday, April 7.
THE COMPETITION: DePauw (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.)*, Hanover*, Illinois Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman (Ind.)*, Thomas More (Ky.), Wabash (Ind.)
*denotes HCAC institutions
HEDRICK WRITING HISTORY: Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) continued his impressive season last Saturday at the Hanover Invitational. In the 10,000m run, Hedrick won with a time of 32:06.88, moving him up to fourth in program history. His time was nine seconds behind current men's head cross country and assistant track & field coach Brady Wells, who sits at third all-time. Hedrick also broke a 35-year-old school record in the 5000m run earlier this spring, clocking in at 15:04.50.
STRONG SPRINTING ALONG: Senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) continued his impressive senior campaign, as he posted a personal-record time of 17.1 seconds in the 110m hurdles last Saturday. Strong also competed as part of both relay teams, including the 4x400m team that finished second with a time of 3:27.83.
RELAYS RUNNING WILD: Along with Strong, junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) have been staples of the relay teams and sprints. In particular, the 4x400 team has finished under 3:30 in both meets this season, with both times qualifying for top-three finishes in the event. In the outdoor opener back on March 17, the trio, along with freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) posted the third fastest time in school history, 3:24.25.
OTHER NOTES: Payne and Pyle, along with Hunter have posted fast times in the 400m dash, with Hunter pacing the group with a first-place finish at 50.14 last Saturday. Pyle and Payne finished fifth and seventh respectively, but each timed in within 1.25 seconds of Hunter's winning time.
UP NEXT: Hanover will return to DaPauw again next weekend to compete in the Indiana Division III Champsionships. Competition is set to begin at noon, Saturday, April 14.
Contact: Tyler Jester