Men's track & field places first at 18-team Transylvania Invite

Kyler Perez

HANOVER, Ind. – Twelve top five finishes helped lead the Hanover men's track and field team to its first outdoor meet championship in over a decade, as the Panthers won the 18-team Transylvania Invitational Saturday, March 23.

Hanover had 17 performances record points for the team total, resulting in 94 points for the invite. The Panthers held off Campbellsville (Ky.), 89, and Wilmington (Ohio), 82, for the top spot in the team standings.

Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) made his first appearance of the outdoor season Saturday and is coming off a 10th place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships in the heptathlon. The senior logged the team's only victory at Transylvania, winning the 400m hurdles with a personal-record time of 58.04 seconds. Sheryak also led HC in the pole vault (3.95m, third place) and the 110m hurdles (16.84 seconds, eighth place).

Junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) followed Sheryak in the pole vault with a fourth place showing. Monnin cleared 3.80m. Freshmen Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) and Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.) also scored in the 400m hurdles, clocking at 59.70 and 1:00.45, respectively.

A strong showing in the throws was highlighted by junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.). Perez was the top collegiate athlete in the final hammer throw standings, logging a new school-record mark of 50.15m. Sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) also competed in the hammer throw, placing sixth at the meet and moving into the top 10 all-time at HC with a distance of 43.12m. Sophomore Hunter Wolford (Columbus, Ind.) paced the Panthers in the shot put, where his toss of 14.11m was good enough for third overall.

Freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) placed second and third in the high jump and 400m dash, respectively. Cook is now tied for 10th in Panther lore with a height of 1.88m, while the sophomore raced the one-lap event in 49.20 seconds.

Hunter was also a member of the 4x100m relay team that placed third overall. Senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.), along with Hunter, now have the sixth fastest time in school history at 43.27 seconds. Jackson added seventh-place showing in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 6.17m.

Payne was joined by Sheryak, junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) on the 1600m relay, which placed second with a time of 3:26.59. The mark was good enough to move into ninth in school history.

The 3000m steeplechase saw new personal records set by sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Matt Young (Carmel, Ind.). Clegg recovered from an early fall to place second with a time of 10:22.19. Young followed in fifth place, crossing at 10:42.68. Fellow distance runner, junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.), placed eighth in the 800m run with a time of 2:00.89.

The Panthers will look to build off their success when they host the Hanover Invitational at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester