Hedrick named Most Valuable Runner to lead All-HCAC awards for men's track

Jacob Hedrick


INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) headlines the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards for Hanover men's track & field, as he was named the league's most valuable runner.

Hedrick, who was also the 2018 HCAC Cross Country Most Valuable Runner, was one of eight Panther athletes named to the first team Thursday, May 2. The senior won two distance events at the 2019 outdoor conference meet, taking first place in the 5000m and 10000m runs with times of 15:10.16 and 31:52.15, respectively.

Hedrick, along with senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.), all received their second first team selection of 2019, after doing so during the indoor campaign as well. Sheryak, who was the high point champion at the indoor meet, won the 400m hurdles with a school-record time of 54.90 seconds at the outdoor championships. The senior was tied for fourth in total points at the Mt. St. Joseph-hosted meet, accumulating 24 points.

Hunter was the high point champion of the outdoor championships, picking up 33 points. The sophomore won the 400m dash at 49.75 seconds, was a member of two relay-winning teams and also scored in the 200m (22.52), high jump (1.89m) and long jump (6.42m).

Joining Hunter on both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams team pick up his first team all-HCAC honor was senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.). Payne added top five finishes in the 200 and 400m dashes as well. The senior caps his career with four outdoor all-confernece awards.

Junior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) and freshman Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) were also on the 1600m relay squad, while junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) ran in the 400m relay. The sprint group finished with a school record time of 48.82, while the four-lap team clocked in at 3:24.95. The trio of Dash, Gatewood and Jackson are receiving their first outdoor all-conference awards, while Pyle was also an honorable mention choice back in 2017.

The Panthers' lone second team selection for 2019 is junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.). Perez placed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 51.14m. The junior also logged a top-five performance in the discus throw, 41.91m.

A trio of Blue and Red athletes were tabbed to the honorable mention team as well, including junior Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) and freshmen Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) and Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.). Veach placed third in the 1500m run at 4:06.52. The junior also posted the top 800m time in the prelims on Day One. Cook was a top three finisher in the high, 1.84m, while Johnson crossed the finish line third in the 400m hurdles, 57.67. Johnson was also Hanover's selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship award. 

Hanover had its best performance at the HCAC Outdoor Championships, placing second overall with 152 points. The Panthers' effort marked their first top-two finish at an outdoor conference meet since 1984 and the 152 points matched their indoor total for highest at an HCAC championship.

Contact: Tyler Jester


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