INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover men's track & field team competed at the Univ. of Indianapolis Tom Hathaway Distance Classic this past Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, as its effort was highlighted by both senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) surpassing the previous school record mark in the heptathlon.
Sheryak, who placed no worse than sixth in any event of the starting field of 11 athletes, broke his previous school mark by 49 points, improving to 4,389. Hunter won four events over the two days and finished nearly 300 points higher than his previous career-best mark, totaling 4,373 points. The two Panthers, who were the lone NCAA Division III athletes competing, placed second and third overall, respectively, and currently have two of the top 20 totals in NCAA Division III.
Sheryak's consistency throughout was highlighted by a trio of personal records on Day One. The senior started the event with a time of 7.36 seconds in the 60m dash, while his long jump mark of 6.34m trailed only Hunter and moved him into third on the school's all-time list. Sheryak added a second-place finish in the pole vault on Saturday with a height of 3.70m.
Hunter won three of the four events on Friday, including the 60m dash (7.29), long jump (6.38m) and the high jump (1.87m). The sophomore set new personal records in all seven events this weekend, with his long jump mark placing him second in school history. He added a win in the 1000m run on Saturday, clocking in at 2:50.29, just outside the program's all-time top 10 performance list.
Competing in individual events, junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) posted a pair of top eight finishes. On Friday, Veach raced the one mile run in 4:30.37 to place eighth overall. The sophomore followed it up with a fifth place showing in the 800m run Saturday, crossing the finish line at 2:02.26.
Veach's cross country companion, senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), continued his stellar indoor campaign with a victory in the 3000m run. Hedrick weaved through the crowd and never trailed after capturing the lead at the one mile mark, as he logged a time of 8:53.46.
The field events saw junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) and freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) place eighth in the weight throw and high jump, respectively. Senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) added top 15 showings on the track as well, as Hanover was the lone non-scholarship institution in attendance.
The Panthers will continue their indoor season next Saturday, Feb. 2, when they travel to Ohio Northern to compete in the Joe Banks Invitational.
Contact: Tyler Jester