Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue its impressive season as it hosts its annual home meet, the Hanover Invitational, at 11 a.m., Saturday March 30.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers are coming off of a first-place showing at the Transylvania Invitational on March 22 and 23rd. Competing against Division II, Division III, and NAIA Institutions, HC totaled 94 team points, with 12 top five showings and one individual victory.
Track and field events will begin at 11 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. will be when Senior Day festivities commence.
Competition will include NCAA Division III and NAIA Institutions; among the DIII schools include three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Rivals in Franklin (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), and Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).
COMPETITION: Adrian (Mich.), Elmhurst (Ill.), Franklin* (Ind.), Hanover* (Ind.), Manchester* (Ind.), Midway (Ky.), Mount St. Joseph* (Ohio), Saint Francis (Ind.), Thomas More (Ky.)
* denotes Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution
PEREZ POSTS SCHOOL RECORD: In the Blue and Red's team victory at Transylvania, junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) posted a program best in the hammer throw with a 50.15 meter distance. This breaks the previous school mark of 49.19m set by Zach Seig in 2010.
The throwers saw a good share of success at this meet. In addition to Perez, sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) also got in the HC top 10 in hammer throw, with a 43.12m toss that qualified him for sixth in the event and 10th in school history.
HAPPY HURDLING: Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) captured an individual victory for HC in the 400 hurdles, crossing the line at 58.04 seconds for a personal-record. Freshmen Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) and Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.) also scored in the event, recording respective times of 59.7 and 1:00.45. Sheryak competed in the 110 hurdles as well, and came eighth in the event.
RELAYS RUNNING WILD: The Panther relay squads have seen their share of success in recent memory, particularly at the Hanover Invitational. In the last four years, the Blue and Red have garnered seven top-three appearances from their 4x100 and 4x400m teams.
At Transylvania, both events produced milestone times. The 4x100 unit of senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), freshman Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.), and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) moved into sixth in Panther lore with a time of 43.27 seconds.
In the 4x400, Payne and Sheryak, along with junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) finished second with a time of 3:26.59 that now ranks ninth on the school leaderboards.
DISTANCE DOING DAMAGE: The distance runners began their season on the right note, starting at the Margaret Simmons Invitational at Murray State (Ky.) on March 15. Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) won the 1500m run with a time of 4:06.82, while sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) triumphed over the field in the 3000m steeplechase and clocked in at 10:30.80.
At Transylvania, Clegg and senior Matt Young (Carmel, Ind.) set personal bests in the steeplechase registering second and fifth-place finishes. Clegg took a fall early, but recovered for a time of 10:22.19, while Young followed closely behind at 10:42.68. For Veach, he ran the 800m and came eighth at 2:00.89.
HIGH VAULTING: The pole vault group will look to see their early season successes continue. At the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational on March 16, junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) vaulted 4.27m, which challenged his outdoor best of 4.35m he set at the 2017 HCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At Transylvania, he cleared 3.80 meters for fourth place. Sheryak, meanwhile, got 3.95m of air to garner third in the event.
UP NEXT: Hanover will next take the track at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 6, when they travel to compete in the DePauw University Invitational.
Contact: Tyler Jester