Hedrick shatters school record during indoor season debut

Jacob Hedrick

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Fresh off a record-setting performance during the cross country campaign, senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) opened the indoor track & field season with a new school record to highlight the Hanover men's team opener at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes.

Hedrick, who became the first male athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships in the fall, opened the track season by shattering the program's 24-year-old record in the 3000m run. The senior finished the event with a time of 8:46.04 Friday, improving his personal record by 13 seconds and setting the new school mark by nine seconds.

In his collegiate debut, freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) earned the team's only win of the night in the high jump. With a height of 1.95m, Cook currently sits tied for 13th across NCAA Division III this winter and is third on the school's all-time list. The freshman was joined by classmates Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) and Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.), as well as junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) in the 4x400m relay, as the squad moved into the top 10 in school history with a time of 3:35.82.

Veach added a fifth place finish in the 800m run, recording a mark of 2:00.86. Joining Veach in the 800m was freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), who moved into third in school history with a time of 2:01.07. Gatewood was seventh in the 400m during his collegiate debut, an event he finished in 53.46 seconds.

Adding top four finishes were seniors Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Payne was second in the 200m dash, clocking in at 23.89 seconds, while Sheryak's mark of 9.27 seconds in the 60m hurdles was good enough for fourth overall. Monnin was fourth in the pole vault (4.12m), while Hunter placed fourth in the high jump (1.80m) and 400m (51.83).

Sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) added a personal-best time of 4:49.66 in the mile run, good enough for fifth at the meet. Freshman Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.) and junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) added fifth place finishes in the 60m hurdles and weight throw, respectively.

Overall, Hanover placed third with 17 points. Washington (Mo.) took the top spot with 73 points, while Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions Rose-Hulman and Manchester finished with 64 and seven points, respectively.

The Panthers will return to Rose-Hulman again next week, Jan. 18, for the Friday Night Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester