GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) posted two of the Hanover men's track & field team's three new school records Saturday afternoon at the DePauw Invitational.
Hunter reset the program standard in both the 200 and 400m dashes, while junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) broke his own school record in the hammer throw. The Panthers tallied 76 points, placing fourth out of 10 teams at the DePauw Invite.
The sophomore clocked in at 48.66 seconds in 400m, which also earned him a first-place finish at the meet. Hunter was third in the 200m with a time of 22.28 seconds. Junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed seventh and eighth in the 400 and 200m, respectively.
Perez placed second in the hammer throw, posting a distance of 52.46m. The junior also scored in the discus with a toss of 39.32m. Sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) added an eighth-place showing in the hammer throw at 43.51m, moving into ninth in school history.
Distance veterans, junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), placed second and third, respectively, in the 800 and 1500m runs. Veach's time was a new personal record and has him second all-time at Hanover. Sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) was sixth in the 3000m steeplechase, 10:17.95, and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greefield, Ind.) placed eighth in the 800m, 1:58.77, moving into eighth in Panther lore.
Freshman Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) finished fifth in the 400m hurdles. Johnson clocked in at 59.61 seconds.
Additional top five finishes off the track came from freshmen Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.), as well as junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Cook was second in the high jump at 1.83m, while Delaney was fifth in the javelin throw at 44.69m. Monnin placed third with a height of 4.30m in the pole vault.
Two top 10 teams in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes region poll finished one-two in the team standings, with Rose-Hulman and Wabash tallying 192 and 105 points, respectively. Rounding out the top three was Centre (Ky.) with 92 points.
Hanover will now turn its attention to the Indiana Division III Championships, which will take place at DePauw next Saturday, April 13.
Contact: Tyler Jester