Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue its hot start to the outdoor season as they travel to compete in the DePauw Invitational at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 6.
AT THE HANOVER INVITATIONAL: After going more than a decade without an outdoor meet title, the Panthers have garnered two consecutive team wins in the Transylvania and Hanover Invitationals. Most recently on March 30 when HC hosted its invitational, the squad had six event victories and 24 top five performances to total 163.50 points.
Sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) won a pair of individual events in the 200 and 400 meter dash. In the 200, Hunter crossed the line at 22.55 seconds to slide into eighth all-time on the school performance list. In the 400, he gained an individual victory by running a 49.25 second lap. Hunter, along with senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) triumphed in the 4x400m relay by timing at 3:29.76.
HEDRICK WINS HCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) received his second HCAC track athlete of the week award this outdoor season after his appearance at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational - Distance Carnival. Competing in the 10 kilometer run, Hedrick broke the program mark for the event by finishing at 31:22.96, more than 14 seconds faster than the previous record set by Joe Lake in 1984.
In 2019, Hedrick has the quickest 5K and 10K times in the HCAC, and his record finish ranks among the top 25 times nationally. This is Hedrick's seventh conference award that he has received, encompassing his cross country and track careers.
DISTANCE DOMINATES: Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) gained his second victory in the 1500m this season by running a 4:02.28 at the Hanover Invitational. This time was a four second improvement from his win in the race at the Margaret Simmons Invitational at Murray State (Ky.) on March 16. Veach has seen success both indoors and outdoors in 2019, as he had one of the Panthers' fastest times in the 800m and aided in the record-shattering distance medley relay during the indoor calendar.
Senior Matt Young (Carmel, Ind.) has been building momentum in the 3000m steeplechase. After finishing under 11 minutes at the Transylvania Invitational on March 23, Young followed it up with a 10:53.92 that was good for third overall at the Hanover Invitational.
IN THE FIELD: Junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) topped the competition in the weight throw at the Hanover Invitational, as he slung it 49.63m. This is the second consecutive highlight performance for Perez after he broke the Panther record for the event with a 50.15m toss at Transylvania.
At the Hanover Invitational, the pole vault was won by junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio), who was able to clear 4.27m for the second time this spring. Monnin is coming off of an indoor campaign in which he reset his school mark for the pole vault with a clearance of 4.45m at the HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 16.
UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will return to Greencastle, Ind. next weekend to compete in the Indiana Division III Championships, with events set to commence at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 13.
Contact: Tyler Jester