GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) continued his strong outdoor season with a first-place finish in the 5000m run, highlighting Hanover men's track & field's performance at the Indiana Division III Championships Saturday afternoon.
Hedrick, who set the school record in the 5K earlier this spring, won with a time of 15:20.35 Saturday. He was joined by Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) in the top three of the event, as the senior clocked in at 15:44.00.
Junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a 200m dash time of 22.44 seconds, which ties him for third all-time at Hanover. Payne placed seventh in the sprint Saturday, while also adding an eighth-place finish in the 400m (51.24).
Pacing the Panthers in the one-lap race was freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), who completed the 400 meters in a personal best time of 49.76 seconds, keeping him fifth all-time at HC. Hunter also logged a PR height of 1.83m in the high jump, placing third overall.
Hunter, Payne, senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and freshman Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) posted the third fastest 4x400m relay time in school history Saturday. The quartet clocked in at 3:22.88, placing fourth overall. Maldeney went on to add a PR in the 110m hurdles, 16.48 seconds, earning an eighth-place finish.
Sophomore Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) tallied three PRs at the state meet, including the hammer throw, where his distance of 46.40m was good enough to move him into the program's top five all-time list. Perez, who was third in the hammer, also posted marks of 32.94m and 39.44m in the javelin and discus throws, respectively. Senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) also posted a strong showing in the hammer throw, logging a distance of 43.31m, good enough for sixth place.
Continuing to work his way back from injury, sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) placed fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:01.22. Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), who competed in just his second outdoor meet this season, scored in the high jump, placing fourth with a mark of 1.78m.
Overall, Hanover totaled 59 points, good enough for sixth place. Despite not winning either most valuable player awards, Wabash took the Division III state championship with 203 points.
The Panthers will wrap up their preparations for the outdoor HCAC Championships when they travel to Rose-Hulman next weekend. Competition at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 20.
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