BOSTON – Hanover men's track & field senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) completed his historic performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston, on Saturday afternoon, March 9.
Sheryak completed the final three events of the seven-leg heptathlon on Saturday, accumulating 2,123 points on the day to finish with 4,807 for the meet. The senior broke his previous school record mark, 4,761 points, which he set the previous week at the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier to make him the first male athlete at Hanover to qualify for the NCAA national championships.
"Joe made history today," stated head track & field coach at Hanover College, Brian Power. "He went from being the first national qualifier in program history to finishing 10th in the country."
Day Two began with the 60m hurdles, which saw the senior clock in at 9.19 seconds for 704 points. His highest finish of the day came in the pole vault, where he cleared 4.25m to place eighth overall. The pole vault gave him 688 additional points.
Closing out his performance at the national meet, Sheryak placed third in his heat and 10th overall in the 1000m run, using a strong kick at the end to finish in 2:53.37. The final event saw him grab 731 points, the most of any of his events Saturday.
During the two-day spectacle, Sheryak tallied four events with 700-plus points, as well as four top-10 finishes. The senior entered the week ranked 16th in the country in the heptathlon and jumped up six spots at the national championship meet.
"The combined events require a unique balance of speed, agility and endurance," added Power. "There are not many athletes that have that ability."
Sheryak, along with the rest of the Hanover men's and women's track & field teams will now turn their attention to the outdoor season. The Panthers are slated to begin the outdoor campaign Friday, March 15, at the Murray State (Ky.)-hosted Margaret Simmons Invitational.
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