BOSTON – Hanover men's track & field senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) set or tied two personal records to highlight the first day of competition in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Sheryak, who is the first male athlete to compete at the NCAA national championships, accumulated 2,684 points during four events on Day One, placing him 10th overall. The senior is just off his school-record pace of last week, when he scored 2,714 of his 4,761 points on the opening day of the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier. Last week's performance earned him a spot in this week's national championship event, as he entered competition ranked 16th nationally.
"Joe created some great momentum heading into Day Two," stated head track & field coach at Hanover, Brian Power. "He matched his best time in the 60m, rallied for a nice score in the long jump and had good looks at a personal-record height in the high jump."
Sheryak got off to a fast start Friday morning tying his personal-best time in the 60m dash, 7.36 seconds, to place 12th in the field of 20 athletes and third in his heat. He recorded 759 points for his performance, which was his highest mark of any event on Day One.
The first field event, the long jump, saw Sheryak rally from a foul on his second jump to post a distance of 6.57m on his final attempt. The senior was seventh overall and third in his flight en route to 713 points.
Riding his wave of success, Sheryak posted a personal record in the shot put, using his first attempt to post a toss of 11.22m. After a third top-10 showing and 559 points, the senior climbed up to his highest spot in the overall standings, sixth place, with 2,031 points.
To round out a solid first day, Sheryak recorded a height of 1.83m in the high jump, just two centimeters shy of tying his personal-best mark. As a result, the senior tallied 653 points in the event.
Sheryak will complete the seven-leg heptathlon, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9. The final three events include the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m run.
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