NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associtation (USTFCCCA) awarded Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) of the Hanover men's track & field team with national academic accolades Thursday, July 26.
Sheryak is the third Hanover runner to earn academic all-American honors from the USTFCCCA for the 2017-18 season, as Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) and Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) each picked up the award after their efforts during the cross country campaign. To qualify for the award, an athlete must hust a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 and must either compete in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor National Championship event, or finish the regular season ranked among the top 50 in an individual event or top 35 in a NCAA-sponsored relay event.
During his 2017-18 junior campaign, Sheryak posted a school-record mark in the indoor heptathlon, recording 4,340 points at the Ohio Northern Polar Bear Final Qualifier. In the field of three athletes at the meet, Sheryak posted a pair of first place finishes in the long jump and high jump, while placing second in the other five events. He also recorded over 600 points in five-of-seven events.
Sheryak did most of his participation during the indoor season, where he scored at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in four events, including the high jump, where he posted a personal-best mark of 1.83m. After a brief absence at the beginning of the outdoor campaign, the then junior went on to post top six finishes in the triple jump, high jump and 110m hurdles.
Overall, 408 Division III men's track and field athletes received honors Thursday, including six from the HCAC. The women's side also saw four athletes recognized for their individual efforts, including Hanover's Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.). More information about Trimpe's accolades can be found at the link above.
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