Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue their impressive indoor campaign with an appearance at the DePauw University Invitational this weekend.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Blue and Red will be at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., with events scheduled to start at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.
COMPETITION: The Panther men are competing as one of 13 teams in the meet. Of the different squads, seven are representing HCAC schools including HC. League foes that will be attending are Anderson, Earlham, Franklin, Mount St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman and Transylvania. Additional participants are Centre (Ky.), host-school DePauw, Indiana University-Kokomo, Kentucky Wesleyan, Trine (Ind.), and Wabash.
- Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) broke the program mark in the 800 meter dash at the Ohio Northern University Joe Banks Invitational on Feb. 2, crossing the line at 1:59.34 to place second overall.
- Sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) came within one-tenth of a second of the 200m dash record, crossing the line at 22.85 to slot second all-time for HC and first in the event.
- Hunter, along with senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.), and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) won the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:34.79, putting the quartet on the Hanover top 10 list.
- Payne and Gatewood teamed up with Veach and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) in the 4x400m relay, which finished second at 3:34.06. Their time was also the fifth-fastest in the Hanover record books.
- Junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) was close to matching his school record for the pole vault at ONU last Saturday, gaining a 4.30m height to place second in the event. Monnin previously set the Panther best at last year's HCAC Indoor Championships with a 4.35m vault.
- The throwers got a pair of top-five distances from junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) and sophomore Hunter Wolford (Columbus, Ind.) at the Joe Banks Invitational. Perez set his personal-best toss in the weight throw with a third-place distance of 14.91 meters. Meanwhile, Wolford set his personal record with a shot put distance of 14.14m, the third-farthest distance of the afternoon. The length also moves into the third spot on the Blue and Red's all-time leaderboard.
As a unit, Hanover finished third out of eight teams at Ohio Northern on Feb. 2. Moreover, they scored 100 points for the first time this season, notching 102 on the day.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will next lace up at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, when they travel to Defiance for the HCAC Indoor Championships.
Contact: Tyler Jester