HANOVER, Ind. – After a record-setting performance at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, the Hanover men's track & field team received 13 total awards from the league office Thursday afternoon.
Headlining the honors were four first team all-conference selections, as well as Brian Power being named Coach of the Year. Power, along with the rest of the coaching staff, led the Panthers to their highest finish ever at the HCAC Indoor Championships, as the squad placed second with 152 points. Hanover's point total marked the first time in program history they had topped the century mark and nearly doubled their previous high of 86.5 points.
Seniors Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), along with junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), were tabbed to the HCAC's first team.
Sheryak led the meet with 28 points, as he was most productive in the field events. The senior won the long jump with a school-record distance of 6.62m, while also placing inside the top six in the pole vault (4.35m), high jump (1.85m) and triple jump (12.84m), all of which set new personal records. He added a third place showing in the 60m hurdle finals as well, clocking in at 8.96 seconds. His prelim mark of 8.94 seconds was also a personal-best time.
Hedrick and Veach led a strong day by the distance runners, picking up wins in the 5000m and one mile runs, respectively. The senior opened the day by winning the 5K with a time of 15:20.33, before placing third in the 3000m run, where he crossed the finish line at 9:01.78. Veach bested the field in the mile race, breaking his own school record by six seconds with a time of 4:21.22. The junior fell one second shy of tying the HCAC record in the event.
Hunter added another Hanover victory on the track, as he raced the two-lap 400m dash in 49.69 seconds. His mark moves him into second in school history, while also placing him 18th in NCAA Division III this winter. The sophomore was fourth in the high jump (1.88m) and fifth in the long jump (6.32m) as well.
Six individuals earned second team honors for Hanover. Freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) placed second in all three of the events he participated in, including the 400m. Gatewood followed Hunter in the event, recording the sixth fastest time in school history, 51.59 seconds.
The freshman was joined by classmate Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.), as well as senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) in the 4x200m relay. The group placed second with a time of 1:32.33, the second fastest mark in program history. Gatewood, Payne, Pyle and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) were also second in the 4x400m relay, where they moved into third in Panther lore with a time of 3:30.95.
Hanson and Payne each posted their own individual second place finishes as well. The freshman set a new school record in the 800m run, crossing the finish line at 1:57.69. Payne posted a time of 23.21 seconds in the 200m dash, which was a new season-best time for him. The senior also moved into ninth in school history with a time of 52.74 seconds in the 400m.
Junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) was HC's lone honorable mention selection. Monnin broke his own school record in the pole vault with a height of 4.45m. The junior placed third at the indoor conference meet.
Receiving Hanover's selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship award was sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.). Williams competed in the weight throw at the conference meet, posting a personal-record distance of 13.27m.
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