GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The distance medley relay broke a 25-year-old school record Saturday afternoon to headline Hanover men's track & field's top five team finish at the DePauw Invitational.
The DMR group of senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ky.), sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) posted a time of 10:30.45, shattering the previous school record set in 1994 by 15 seconds. The relay team also earned a first-place finish at DePauw for their efforts.
The relay success continued into the 4x200m event, which saw the Panthers' top team clock in at 1:35.46, good enough for second overall. Between the two relays, HC recorded 18 of its 59 team points. The 800m relay group consisted of senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.), freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Outside of the relays, Hunter logged a pair of second place finishes. The sophomore ran the 400m dash in 51.41 seconds, while also clearing 1.93m in the high jump. His jumping mark moves him into a tie for fourth in school history. Hunter was a part of 26 points for HC Saturday.
Also scoring in the 400 were Gatewood and Payne, who placed fifth and seventh, respectively, clocking in at 52.51 and 52.83. Both runners moved into the top 10 in school history with their performance. Payne went on to lead HC's efforts in the 200m dash with a time of 23.37, good enough for sixth overall.
Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) scored in four events Saturday, led by his efforts in the pole vault. Sheryak cleared 4.07m to tie for seventh, but he did become just the second member in school history to reach the four-meter plateau. The senior set a personal record in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.95 seconds in the prelims, which moved him into fourth all-time at Hanover. He would go on to place seventh in the finals, 9.15 seconds, while also logging a seventh-place mark in the high jump (1.78m) and an eighth-place showing in the 200 (23.86).
Off the track, junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) was sixth in the weight throw, where he posted a distance of 15.25m. His toss was the fourth furthest in program history. Freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) recorded a fifth-place performance in the high jump, 1.83m, while junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) placed sixth in the pole vault at 4.07m.
With 59 team points, the Panthers placed fifth in the field of 13 teams. Hanover was also second among the seven HCAC institutions in attendance. Wabash won the team championship with 146 points, while Rose-Hulman (128.50), DePauw (95) and Trine (68), along with HC, rounded out the top five.
The Blue and Red can now turn their attention to the 2019 HCAC Indoor Championships, which will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Defiance College. Hanover has placed inside the top five at the conference meet four straight seasons, including third place showings each of the last three years. A preseason poll, conducted by the league coaches earlier this winter, had HC predicted to finish second at the HCAC meet.
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