Hunter named HCAC track athlete of the week

Reece Hunter

INDIANAPOLIS – Hanover sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) was announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's track athlete of the week Monday afternoon.

Hunter is receiving his first career weekly honor from the HCAC. The sophomore is also the second Panther to garner accolades this winter, as senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) did so during the first week of the campaign.

Hunter was a part of Hanover's distance medley relay team that put together one of the conference's top all-around performances of the season. This past weekend, the sophomore, along with Hedrick, junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), clocked in at 10:30.45 to take first place at the DePauw Invitational. The group shattered a 25-year-old school record by 15 seconds, while also posting a top-three time in the Great Lakes region, as well as a top 15 national mark in NCAA Division III.

In addition to the DMR performance, Hunter placed second in the 400m dash with a time of 51.41 seconds. He was also second in the high jump, where his clearance of 1.93m moved him into a tie for fourth in school history.

The Panthers totaled 59 points at the DePauw Invitational, placing fifth overall out of 13 teams. With seven HCAC institutions in attendance, the Blue and Red placed second. Hunter accounted for 26 points this past weekend.

Hanover will look to carry the momentum into the HCAC Indoor Championships this weekend. The league meet is set to begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Defiance College.

Contact: Tyler Jester