CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover College men's track & field team posted several solid marks during the opening day of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, hosted by Mt. St. Joseph.
The Panthers are in second place after Day One with 29.50 points and are in prime position to finish strong after their prelim performances Friday. Rose-Hulman currently sits atop the standings with 110 points, while Manchester rounds out the top three at 26.50.
Headlining competition Friday was senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.), who won the 10000m final with a time of 31:52.15. Hedrick led throughout, besting the next competitor by nearly 30 seconds. The senior has also won the HCAC indoor 5000m run and the cross country eight-kilometer championship during the 2018-19 athletic year.
Other noteworthy finals performances came from senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), juniors Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.), and sophomores Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Sheryak and Monnin both cleared 4.25m in the pole vault, placing in a tie for third and fifth place, respectively. The senior was also sixth in the long jump at 6.48m and produced top four showings in both hurdle prelims, clocking in at 16.57 and 57.45 seconds in the 110 and 400m distances. All four showings by Sheryak set new personal records.
Also scoring in the field was Perez. The junior placed fifth in the discus throw, 41.91m, which set a new personal best and moves him into eighth in school history. Clegg was eighth in the 3000m steeplechase, clocking in at 10:15.49.
Hunter followed Sheryak in the long jump, recording a seventh-place finish with a personal-best distance of 6.42m. The sophomore also posted the fastest prelim times in the 200m (22.41) and 400m (50.29) dashes.
Joining Hunter in the 200 and 400m finals on Saturday will be senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.). Payne was third in the 400 prelims, 51.60, and seventh in the 200, 23.11. Pyle finished fourth in the 400, 51.78, and sixth in the half-lap race, 23.10.
Junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) was the top 800m runner as well. Veach paced the field by crossing the finish line at 2:01.00.
Additional track qualifiers for Saturday's finals includes three freshmen, Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.), Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.). Gatewood will give HC four runners in the 400m final, as he clocked in at 52.09 seconds for seventh place. Jackson's outdoor conference championship debut will have him in the 100m dash finale after he placed seventh Friday with a personal-record time of 11.41 seconds. Moving into the top 10 all-time at Hanover in the 400m hurdles was Johnson, who finished third on Day One with a time of 58.67.
Day Two competition is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Mount Sports Complex.
Contact: Tyler Jester