Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to further its impressive season as they travel to DePauw for the second straight weekend to compete in the Indiana Division III Championships.
The meet is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, with events scheduled to start at noon.
THE COMPETITION: Anderson*, DePauw, Rose-Hulman*, Earlham*, Franklin*, Hanover*, Manchester*, Wabash (Ind.)
* denotes HCAC institution
HEDRICK, RECTOR HEAD DISTANCE GROUP: Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) compose a tandem of highly viable distance runners. In the 5000m run, Hedrick set the school record earlier this season at the Early Bird Invitational, posting a time of 15:04.50. Rector crossed the line soon after, clocking in at 15:12.02. For their respective best times, the men are currently seeded second and third for Saturday's run.
RELAY THE MESSAGE: The relay teams have been a strongpoint this season, particularly the 4x100m race. In last weekend's outing in Greencastle, the team of junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.), along with freshmen runners Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) logged a third-place finish. The quartet's time of 43.97 seconds was just half a second behind first-place finisher, Wabash.
SHERYAK SETTING HIS TONE: Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) had a strong performance last weekend in his first outdoor meet of the year. In the high jump, Sheryak's 1.75m leap won the event for the Panthers. Additionally, he competed in the javelin throw, finishing ninth while setting a personal-best distance of 40.35m. The junior is scheduled to compete in the 400m hurdles and the high jump this weekend.
OTHER NOTES: Payne, who was part of the 4x100 squad also ran individually in the 400m dash last week, placing ninth with a time of 53.77 seconds…Meanwhile, his fellow running mate Maldeney competed in the 400m hurdles, finishing with a time of 59.42 seconds…Hedrick and Hunter are both nominees for Hanover's March Male Athlete of the Month, which is open to vote for on our Twitter page, @HanoverPanthers.
Contact: Tyler Jester