NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Junior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) of the Hanover men's track & field team concluded his outdoor season Wednesday and Thursday by competing in the decathlon at the North Central-hosted Gregory Invitational.
Sheryak, the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor multis, withdrew due to injury Thursday, but not after a strong showing through the first seven events. The junior was on pace to break his own school record and challenge for a top 25 spot nationally prior to unfortunate circumstances.
During the opening day of action, Sheryak performed his best in the two track events, accumulating 1,468 points over the 100 and 400m dashes. Opening the 10-leg event, the junior nearly recorded a personal best in the 100m, clocking in at 11.62 seconds for 728 points. He then bookended the day with a 400m time of 51.66 seconds, setting a new PR and tallying 740 points.
In between the two running events Wednesday, Sheryak's field efforts were highlighted by a pair of 600-plus point performances in the long and high jumps. After a 6.24m long jump in Event No. 2, Sheryak was still in third place overall. The high jump saw him log a height of 1.79m, just four one-hundredths off his PR mark. He also set a personal best distance in the shot put, 10.11m, for 492 points.
After the opening five events, Sheryak was in fourth place in the field of 11 athletes competing. The junior had 3,218 points and was not far off from the top three competitors in the standings.
Similar to Day One, Day Two also opened on the track with Sheryak posting a 110m hurdles time of 16.93 seconds, giving him 632 points for the event. He followed that performance up with a 28.34m effort in the discus throw, which gave him 1,064 total points through the two events.
In the next leg, the pole vault, Sheryak broke a pole during his warm up and could not recover, failing in his three attempts at his opening height of 3.60m. He then retired due to injury, keeping him out of the final two events, the javelin throw and the 1500m run. He was coming off a PR height of 3.85m in the pole vault just a few weeks ago at the HCAC Outdoor Championships.
Prior to his injury, Sheryak had accumulated 4,282 points, which was just over 1,000 shy of breaking his school record mark of 5,620 points.
Sheryak and the rest of the Hanover men's track & field team have now concluded their 2018 outdoor season. The strong spring was highlighted by a third place finish at the HCAC Outdoor Championships, where the Panthers posted a program-high 105 total team points.
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