TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.)tallied 11 points over three events and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.)won the 400-meter dash to highlight Hanover men's track & field's performance at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational.
During the Panthers' second trip to Terre Haute in as many weeks, the squad posted 45.33 points to place fifth in the field of nine teams. The host-Engineers took first place with 128 points, while Millikin (100) and Campbellsville (93) rounded out the top three.
Gatewood earned Hanover's lone win Friday night, clocking in at 52.66 seconds in the 400m dash. The freshman now has two sub-53 second performances in his young collegiate career.
Sheryak scored in three events, led by his fourth-place finish in the 60m hurdles. After qualifying for the finals with a time of 9.20 seconds, the senior improved to 9.04 seconds in the championship race. His mark was 0.01 second away from tying his personal-best time. Sheryak added a fifth-place position in the pole vault, 3.97m, which tied a career-best mark, and a seventh-place finish in the high jump, 1.80m.
Competing at the Indiana University Gladstein Invitational, senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.)raced in the 5000m run, where he placed second out of six participants. The senior only trailed one NCAA Division I runner, clocking in with a personal-best time of 15:15.45. After shattering the school record in the 3000m run last week, Hedrick fell one second short of setting a new program mark in the 5K.
Joining Gatewood with top five finishes in the 400m at Rose-Hulman were senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.)and freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.). The duo finished in 53.52 and 54.11 seconds, respectively. Overall, HC recorded 19 points in the 400m race.
Adding a fourth-place performance in the one mile run was junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). Veach, the school record holder in the event, clocked in at 4:29.61. Sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.)moved into the program's top 10 list for the one mile run with a time of 4:40.61.
Off the track, juniors Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio)and Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.)recorded top five finishes in the pole vault and weight throw, respectively. Monnin cleared 4.12m for fourth place, while Perez's personal-record mark of 14.73m placed him fifth Friday and moved him into sixth on the school's all-time list.
In the 200m dash, sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.)moved into seventh in school history with a time of 23.44 seconds. Hunter placed eighth overall at the RHIT Friday Night Invite.
The Panthers will have their first true split-squad weekend of the season next week, as select athletes will return to Rose-Hulman for the Engineer Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25, while others will trek to Indianapolis for the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic, which is set to take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26.