Men's track tops the century mark at ONU Joe Banks Invite

Photo Credit: Michelle Witt
Photo Credit: Michelle Witt

ADA, Ohio – Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) headlined a strong showing by the Hanover men's track & field team Saturday afternoon at the Ohio Northern Joe Banks Invitational.

Veach's day was highlighted by his school record-breaking performance in the 800m run. The junior bested his previous-best school record time to 1:59.34. He was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that placed second overall with a time of 3:34.06. The relay team's time is now fifth in program history.

Hunter won two events Saturday, including the 200m dash. The sophomore was just off the school record mark, as he crossed the finish line at 22.85 seconds to place second all-time at HC. Hunter, along with senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Sam Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.), won the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:34.79, which is also among the 10 fastest marks in school history.

Gatewood and Payne were joined by Veach and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) on the successful 4x400m squad. Individually, Gatewood was third in the 400m dash (53.17) and eighth in the 200m (24.17). Payne added a fifth place showing in the 400m race at 53.43 seconds, while Pyle was sixth in the 200m (23.94).

A pair of first-year runners, junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.), qualified for the finals and scored in the 60m dash. Dash dashed across the finish line in 7.40 seconds, while Jackson followed at 7.49, as the duo placed sixth and eighth respectively. Both runners also won their 200m dash heats.

Off the track, junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) had a few good looks at breaking his school record mark in the pole vault, before finishing second overall at a height of 4.30m. Freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) added second- and fourth-place showings in the high jump (1.88m) and long jump (6.03m), respectively.

The throwers were led by junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) and sophomore Hunter Wolford (Columbus, Ind.). Perez was third in the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 14.91m. Wolford paced the Panthers with a third place finish in the shot put, as his mark of 14.14m moved him into fourth in school history.

Overall, Hanover topped the century mark for the first time this season, as the team's 102 points were good enough to slot third in the standings. Otterbein (Ohio) earned the team championship with 183 points, while the host, Ohio Northern, was second with 154 points.

The Panthers will return to action again next Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., as they travel to compete in the DePauw Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester