Men's track competes during Day One of HCAC Championships

Andrew Strong

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men's track & field team opened competition at the HCAC Outdoor Championships Friday at Rose-Hulman.

The Panthers tallied 14 points over the six events that hosted finals Friday. Hanover accumulated eight of its points in the 10000m run, where senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) and junior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Rector was the first Panther to cross the finish line, coming in at 33:14.60, while Hedrick followed at 33:25.04.

An additional three Panthers picked up points Friday, including senior Tommaso Girelii (Trentino, Italy). Girelli placed seventh in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 12.10m. The senior set a PR in the 200m dash as well.

In the field events, sophomores Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the pole vault and discus throw. Monnin, who was unseeded in the pre-meet program, jumped up to sixth with a height of 4.15m. Perez posted a PR in the discus with a distance of 41.61m.

Highlighting the prelims on the track was senior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.). Strong paced the Panthers in both hurdle events, which included the fastest 110m hurdle time at the conference championships, 15.95 seconds. The senior was also second in the 400m hurdle prelim, logging a time of 56.55 seconds.

Freshman Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also qualified for both hurdle finals for Saturday. Maldeney was third in both prelim trials, while setting a PR in the 400m distance at 57.72 seconds. Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) was the third Panther to qualify for the 110m hurdles, as he was sixth Friday.

In the 400m prelim, freshman Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) moved into third in school history with a time of 49.18 seconds, which was good enough for second overall and a Saturday-finals appearance. Junior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) both moved onto the finals in the 200 and 800m, respectively.

The host Fightin' Engineers tallied 131.5 points Friday for the top spot in the team standings. Rounding out the top three after Day One is Bluffton (31.5) and Anderson (28). The HCAC Championships will conclude Saturday, April 28, as competition is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Contact: Tyler Jester