GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover College men's track & field team ran its way to a top five finish at the Indiana Division III Championships Saturday afternoon, hosted by DePauw University.
The Panthers benefitted from their second trip in as many weeks to DePauw, tallying 70 team points. Wabash won the team title with 249.50 points, with Rose-Hulman (179) and Trine (105) rounding out the top three. Hanover was the second highest Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team in the final standings.
Fresh off his second career HCAC athlete of the week award, sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) scored in five events, including four on the track. Hunter placed second in the 400 and sixth in the 200m dash with times of 49.93 and 22.50 seconds, respectively. The sophomore was also fifth in the long jump at 6.17m.
Hunter was joined by senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) on both relay teams that made history Saturday afternoon. The trio, along with freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.), set the new school record in the 400m relay, clocking in at 42.95 seconds. Freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) was on the 4x400m squad, which finished in 3:24.50, placing second at the meet and moving into fifth all-time at Hanover.
The distance runners also posted strong outings at the state meet. Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) became just the second runner in school history to record a 1500m time under four minutes, placing third at 3:56.88. Veach was one of four runners in the race that broke the previous meet record. Freshman Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) followed in the 1500m, finishing seventh at 4:08.93.
Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) was less than two seconds off his school record time in the 5000m run. Hedrick placed second at the meet, crossing the finish line at 15:06.07.
Freshman Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) also scored for the Panthers on the track, placing eighth in the 400m hurdles at 1:00.18.
Off the track, freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) placed second and sixth, respectively, in the high jump and pole vault. Cook logged a height of 1.92m for a new personal record, while Monnin cleared 4.05m.
Junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) finished third in the hammer throw with a distance of 45.60m. Sophomore Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) was also a top-five performer in the event, moving into eighth in school history with a distance of 44.42m. With a personal-best toss of 41.10m, sophomore Deacon Fountain (Dexter, Mich.) placed eighth in the javelin.
Hanover will now turn its attention to the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 19. The meet will be the Panthers' final preparations prior to the HCAC Outdoor Championships on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.
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