TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men's track & field team had its final tune-up prior to the HCAC Outdoor Championships, as the 4x100m relay squad broke a two-year old school record to highlight the performances at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet Friday.
The 4x100m group of senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.), junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshmen Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) passed the baton around the track in 43.02 seconds, breaking the previous school mark by two one-hundredths of a second. The sprint squad placed fourth at the meet Friday.
Strong would go on to score in both of the hurdle events as well, including the 110m distance, where he clocked in a personal-best time of 16.53 seconds. The senior also placed third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.07 seconds. Maldeney added a sixth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, recording a time of 58.51 seconds.
Junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) continued his stellar season with a top-five finish in the 3000m run. Hedrick posted a time of 8:44.03, which moves him into second all-time in program history. Senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.), the school record holder in the event, placed sixth with a time of 8:50.07.
Fresh off a PR performance last weekend, sophomore Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) placed seventh in the hammer throw at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet. Perez posted a mark of 44.65m Friday. Senior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) was a top-10 finisher as well, logging a toss of 43.59m.
Washington (Mo.) tallied 177 points to take the top team spot, while Rose-Hulman (159) and Illinois College (118.50) rounded out the top three. The Panthers finished with 19 points, placing ninth in the field of 12 teams.
Hanover will return to Rose-Hulman next weekend, April 27 and 28, for the HCAC Outdoor Championships. The Blue and Red placed third at the indoor conference meet and were picked to finish in the same spot in the coaches outdoor preseason poll.
Contact: Tyler Jester