Men's track & field season preview: field events

Ethan Monnin





Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - After taking a glance at the track runners earlier in the week, the second part of this preview series will dig into the men's field athletes.

Before the 2019 indoor season kicks off on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes, we shall look at the accomplishments from the previous winter campaign and preview the returning athletes who will look to write their chapter in Panther history. To catch up on the track athletes' projections this year, visit the link above.

The throwers will be paced by junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.), who made his mark known in his first season as a member of the Blue and Red. At the Anderson University Invitational, his shot put distance of 12.04 meters was less than one meter short of cracking the top ten in program history. The following week at the DePauw University Invitational on Feb. 10, Perez posted the seventh-farthest weight throw in Hanover's record books with a final fall at 13.94 meters.

Sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) will look to improve upon a solid freshman year where he quickly made strides. Williams impressed in the shot put particularly, as his 12.42 meter toss at the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships is just 0.2 meters shy of 10th all-time. Meanwhile, he posted his personal-best weight throw of 12.04 meters at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.

Additional depth will be helped by sophomores Dionicio Sierra (Westfield, Ind.) and Hunter Wolford (Columbus, Ind.) who will look to contribute to add to the team success and set marks of their own.

The pole vaulters will be paced by current all-time school leader, junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio), who got 4.35 meters of air to set the school mark at the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships. Monnin was joined by senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), who posted the second-highest vault on record board at 3.90 meters on Feb. 24 at the Anderson University Fred Wilt Invitational.

The jumps will be led by a pair of veterans in Sheryak and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) who each showcased their abilities in these events during 2018. For Sheryak, he set the seventh-best high jump ever for the Blue and Red with a leap of 1.83 meters at the 2018 conference indoor meet. At the Ohio Northern Polar Bear Final Qualifier on Feb. 28, he registered the second-furthest long jump with a distance of 6.33 meters.

As for Hunter, he holds the sixth-best high jump in Panther history with a 1.84 meter bound which he recorded at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational last January. Also competing in the long jump at the Polar Bear Qualifier with Sheryak, Hunter moved into seventh place in the school record books with a jump of 6.24 meters.

Along with freshmen Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.) and Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) this is a bright group that can continue to climb the leaderboards.

Sheryak, Delaney and Hunter will also compete in the heptathlon, which Sheryak was named an All-Region selection for last season. Together, Sheryak and Hunter hold the top two heptathlon scores in the Blue and Red's lore at 4,340 and 4,092 points, respectively. Joined by Delaney, this will be a group that can look to a bright future.

Said Coach Brian Power of the group, "Sheryak is a returning All-Region athlete in the heptathlon, and we'll look forward to watching him lead and improve the combined events squad."

Contact: Tyler Jester