NEW ORLEANS – Four Hanover track & field athletes were announced as all-region performers by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, March 4.
In conjunction with the NCAA Division III National Championships this weekend, the USTFCCCA honored 1,460 total Division III athletes Monday for their performances during the indoor campaign. The four awards for Hanover are the most during a single season in school history. The top-five individuals in each event from each region, along with all members of a top-three relay team earn all-region distinction.
Two men and two women athletes from Hanover were recognized. On the men's side, senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) were honored for their efforts in the heptathlon and 400m dash, respectively. Senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), pole vault, and junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), pentathlon, were named to the all-region team on the women's side.
Sheryak recently made history, becoming the first male athlete at Hanover to qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships. The senior did so by posting a top-20 national point total, 4,761, in the heptathlon, which also broke the school and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference records, as well rank first in the Great Lakes region. During his all-region performance at the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier, Sheryak broke his own school record in the long jump with distance of 6.73m. The senior's indoor campaign also saw him post a league-high 28 points at the HCAC Championships, where he won the long jump and placed inside the top six in five different events.
Reece Hunter earned his top-five region performance in the 400m at the conference championships. Hunter clocked in at 49.69 seconds, which places him second in school history and was good enough for first place at the conference meet. The sophomore was also sixth in the region in the heptathlon and 25th in the 200m dash.
Trimpe continued her stellar collegiate career with the Blue and Red by resetting her school mark in the pole vault to 3.66m. The senior's clearance was fourth-best in the region and ranks 25th nationally. In eight indoor appearances, Trimpe posted seven top five finishes, including three victories and second-place mark at the HCAC Championships.
Kenna Hunter also enjoyed success in the multis last time out at Ohio Northern, as her personal-best point total of 3,240 leads the Great Lakes region. Hunter fell just three points shy of tying the school record in the event and also broke the high jump mark at Hanover with a height of 1.62m. Additionally, the junior scored in four individual events at the conference meet. Her pentathlon total is 27th in Division III.
Sheryak will compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, which will take place in Boston, Mass., Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. Competition begins at 10 a.m. both days on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Contact: Tyler Jester