School records fall for track & field at ONU Final Qualifier

Photo Credit: Michelle Witt
Photo Credit: Michelle Witt

ADA, Ohio – The Hanover men's and women's track & field teams posted several school-record performances at the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.

With a select number of athletes in attendance, the Panthers posted four new school records, including a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference records on the men's side.

Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) headlined the group with his performance in the heptathlon. Sheryak completed the seven-leg event with a school-record mark of 4,761 points, which also sets a new standard in the conference and currently ranks 16th nationally in NCAA Division III. The senior won three events, including two on Day One in the 60m dash (7.36) and long jump (6.73m). His long jump performance also broke his own school-record mark. Sheryak added a tie for second in the high jump, 1.84m, and was second-best in the pole vault, 4.10m. His two-day total was good enough to pace the group of six athletes competing.

On the women's side, junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) set personal records in all five events of the pentathlon. Hunter accumulated 3,240 total points, ranking 26th in Division III and just missing out on the school-record mark of 3,243 points. The junior opened with over 700 points in the 60m hurdles (9.86) and the high jump (1.62m), which now rank her tied for sixth and first in Panther lore, respectively. She also improved her fourth-place school ranking mark in the long jump to 5.11m and won the final event, the 800m run, with a time of 2:26.30.

The second conference record that was broken this weekend came from senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.). The long distance runner clocked in at 15:07.87 in the 5000m run, placing first him first overall. Additionally, junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) placed sixth in the pole vault after clearing 4.34m. The senior had several quality looks at passing his school record mark at 4.49m before settling for a sixth-place showing.

Sheryak, will now wait to see what his future holds until late Saturday evening, when he finds out if his point total is good enough to qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The meet is scheduled to begin Friday, March 8, and conclude Saturday, March 9, in Boston, Mass., at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Contact: Tyler Jester