Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's track & field team will look to continue its impressive outdoor campaign as they travel for the Indiana Division III Championships.
The Panthers will take to the track when events commence at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13.
#EVENTSQUAD RANKINGS: A strong start to the 2019 outdoor season has the Panthers among the nation's best in a few events. Hanover's 400m hurdles group, led by senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), ranks 22nd nationally. The squad's 400 (25th) and 200 (32nd) are among the national NCAA Division III leaders as well. Event squad rankings place a rank order to a program's "Squad" of athletes for a specific event, using cumulative season-best qualifying marks from a team's top-four ranked athletes on the national descending-order list. The USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings also have the Blue and Red placed No. 12 heading into this weekend, as they are one of just two teams in the HCAC inside the top 20.
HUNTER GARNERS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference track athlete of the week award for his performance at the DePauw Invitational on April 6. During the meet, Hunter broke the program records in the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Hunter won the 400 with a time of 48.66, while he finished third in the 200 by crossing the line at 22.28. In addition, Hunter was a part of the 4x100 team that came in third with a time of 43.50.
This is Hunter's second player of the week award this season and the first of the outdoor track campaign, as he won one in February during the indoor calendar for helping the record-setting distance medley relay squad and tallying a top-five height for HC in the high jump.
FIRE IN THE FIELD: Junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) reset his own program mark for the hammer throw on Saturday by tossing a distance of 52.46m. Perez previously set it at the Pioneer Invitational on March 23 when he it 50.15m. Sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) hit his stride in the shot put, as his 43.51m throw is now ninth in school history.
Other top fives in the field came from junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio), along with freshmen Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and Steven Delaney (Charlestown, Ind.). Monnin finished third in the pole vault with a 4.30m clearance, his highest since the 2017 HCAC Outdoor Championships, when he hit 4.35m. Cook placed third in the high jump with a leap of 1.83m, while Delaney recorded a fifth-place showing in the javelin by getting a 44.69m distance.
DANGEROUS IN DISTANCE: Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) set a new personal-record this past weekend in the 800, when he ran a 1:56.57 for runner-up in the event. Additionally, his time ranks second in Panther lore. Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) ran the 1500 for the first time in his collegiate career, and impressed by placing third with a 4:08.42.
Other highlights from the distance runners came from sophomore Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) who respectively participated in the 3000 steeplechase and the 800. For Clegg, he garnered sixth-place in the steeplechase with a 10:17.95, while Hanson notched the eighth-fastest 800 in school history with a 1:58.77 that qualified for eighth on the day.
UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will next take the track at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet.
Contact: Tyler Jester