Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will continue its indoor season as a split squad this weekend after consecutive weekends together at Rose-Hulman.
Some of the men will travel to Rose-Hulman to compete in the Engineer Invitational, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. Meanwhile, others will travel to the University of Indianapolis to compete in the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic on Friday as well as Saturday, Jan. 26.
MONNIN MAKES WAY TO ROSE-HULMAN: The lone competitor for the men at Rose-Hulman this weekend will be junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio), who opened his 2019 with a pair of top-five finishes in the pole vault. In back-to-back weekends, Monnin vaulted 4.12 meters, with each of those heights slotting him fourth. Monnin is the school record-holder, having reached 4.35m in 2018.
HEDRICK MAKES HEADWAY: Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) has had an impressive start to his indoor campaign, amassing a new school best and his first track & field Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week award. At RHIT Friday Night Spikes on Jan. 11, Hedrick broke the program mark for the 3000m run, clocking in at 8:46.04, more than 10 seconds faster than the next HCAC runner.
The following week, at the Indiana University Gladstein Invitational, Hedrick set a personal record in the 5000m run with a time of 15:15.45. He came second in the race and finished one second off of the fastest Panther time ever, set by Joe Rector in 2016.
CLEGG, VEACH GO THE DISTANCE: Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) have each proven themselves proficient particularly in the distance events. In Veach's case, he was part of a 4x400m relay team at Friday Night Spikes that logged a top-10 fastest time for HC while finishing fifth in the 800m run. Veach would follow this performance with a fourth-place seeding in the mile at the RHIT Friday Night Invitational on Jan. 18, with a time of 4:29.61.
For Clegg, he set is personal-record in the 1600m run at Friday Night Spikes at 4:49.66 before shattering it at 4:40.61 the following week to improve his PR and move him into the top 10 column all-time for Hanover.
SPRINTING SUCCESS: The sprinters have had highlights from both ends of the roster: veteran runner and senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) put up a pair of upper-tier finishes to start the year in the 200 and 400m dashes. At Friday Night Spikes on Jan. 11, Payne ran a 23.89 that was good for a runner-up in the event. The following meet, Payne would sprint into the top five in the 400m dash, clocking in at 53.52 seconds.
On the other side, a pair of freshmen in Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) each have impressed, with Cook and Gatewood aiding in the 4x400 at Friday Night Spikes that would rank as a top 10 appearance in Panther lore. Individually, Cook also hopped into the record books with a 1.95m high jump that now sits third all-time for the Blue and Red.
Gatewood has shown more success in sprints, winning the 400m dash at the Friday Night Invitational at 52.66 seconds. This effectively means that Gatewood began his collegiate career with two times that are under 55 seconds in the event, an impressive feat. Gatewood also competed in the 200m dash at the Friday Night Invite and ran a 23.81 in the event.
HEADING THE HEPTATHLON: Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) will compete in the heptathlon, an event in which he holds the school mark. Sheryak has started off with a slew of top fives, grabbing the fourth spot at each meet in the 60m hurdles with times of 9.27 seconds and 9.04, respectively. On the relay side, he was a part of the 4x200m team that finished third at Friday Night Spikes with a time of 1:39.61.
In the field, Sheryak pole vaulted 3.97m at both venues, securing the fifth slot at the Friday Night Invitational. Sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will also be competing alongside Sheryak, an event in which he also holds one of the best marks in Hanover history for.
UP NEXT: The men will next take the track together when they travel to the Joe Banks Invitational in Ada, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 2, with an 11 a.m. scheduled start time.
Contact: Tyler Jester