Seven Panthers to appear in Ohio Northern Final Qualifier this weekend

Emily Clancy
Photo Credit: Danielle Shaw

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's and women's track and field teams will be sending seven athletes to compete in the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier this weekend, with events scheduled to commence at 12 p.m., Friday, March 1.

COMPETITION: Albion (Mich.), Alma (Mich.), Anderson (Ind.), Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), Bluffton (Ohio), Calvin (Mich.), Capital (Ohio), Franklin (Ind.), Geneva (Pa.), Heidelberg (Ohio), Hope (Mich.), Huntington (Ind.), Ithaca (N.Y.), John Carroll (Ohio), Marietta (Ohio), Muskingum (Ohio), Ohio Northern, Olivet (Mich.), Otterbein (Ohio), Rose-Hulman (Ind.), Thomas More (Ky.), Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), and Westminster (Pa.).

MIGHTY MULTIS: Two multi-event runners in senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will be taking the field as part of the heptathlon and pentathlon, respectively. For Sheryak, he owns the school record for the heptathlon with 4,389 points, set at the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic in Indianapolis on Jan. 25. At the meet, Sheryak posted a personal-best in the 60 meter dash with a 7.43 second finish, while adding a shot put of 11.13m for fourth.

At the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 16, Sheryak would set a quartet of other self-records in the 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and pole vault. In the long jump, his 6.62m leap cracked the school record held by Billy Wilcox since 2000. Moreover, his 3.35m pole vault moved him into second on Hanover's books.

For Hunter, she holds the second-highest total in Panther lore for the pentathlon with 2,995 points, which was also set at the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic. On the weekend, Hunter had top five finishes in all events she competed in, including a long jump of 4.95m, which garnered her a runner-up placement as well as a collegiate-best mark.

In February, Hunter had a pair of career performances in the high jump and 60m hurdles in back to back weeks. At the Ohio Northern Joe Banks Invitational on Feb. 2, Hunter had a high jump of 1.56m that got her second place and third in the school history books. The next week at the DePauw Invitational on Feb. 9, Hunter blazed for a 9.94 in the 60m hurdles for fifth in the event and eighth all-time for HC.

LOFTY VAULTING: Junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) capped his regular season off with a bang, as he topped his previous school mark in the pole vault. After holding a 4.35m height since the 2018 HCAC Indoor Championships, Monnin leapt 4.45m for third place, which garnered him an HCAC honorable mention award. This is the first conference recognition for Monnin, as his vaults were good for fourth in each of the previous two conference meets.

A pair of seniors in Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) will also be vaulting, on behalf of the women. Clancy has had a couple of notable performances in consecutive weeks, beginning with the HCAC Championships where she vaulted for fifth-place with a 3.27m vault. On the afternoon, Clancy also received Christopher M. Ragsdale all-Sportsmanship award for her leadership and dedication to the track program. The next weekend at the Fred Wilt Invitational, Clancy cleared 3.35m in the pole vault for second in Panther history.

Trimpe has had quite a February herself, as she reset the program-best for the pole vault at the Joe Banks Invitational with a 3.66m leap. At the HCAC CHampionships, Trimpe would vault 3.55m for HCAC all-second team honors. Then, at the Fred Wilt Invitational the following weekend, her 3.55m height qualified her for the win in the event.

THE TRACK TO SUCCESS: Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will be participating in the 5000m and the 400m runs, respectively this weekend. Hedrick has done his damage on the distance side of things, notably aiding the distance medley relay along with Hunter to a school-record time of 10:30.45 at the DePauw Invitational.

Hedrick also had a pair of individual times this year that rank inside the top two in school history in the 3000m and 5000m. In the 3000, he finished at 8:46.04 in the Friday Night Spikes meet on Jan.11 for the swiftest time on record for the Blue and Red. In the 5000, Hedrick sped for a time of 15:15.45 at the Indiana University Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 19, which slots him second on the school's leaderboards.

Hunter blazed for his best time in the 400 recently at the HCAC Championships, running a 49.69 for an event victory and the second-fastest time in Panther history. Hunter backed this up by running a 49.91 at the Fred Wilt Invitational. Prior to the HCAC Indoor Championships, Hunter had never run sub-50 seconds in indoor competition. Overall, Hunter has top 10 performances in eight individual events, with seven coming during the 2019 campaign.

Contact: Tyler Jester