Track & Field travels to IU to compete in Billy Hayes Invite

Reece Hunter, Sam Jackson




HANOVER, Ind. – Fresh off strong performances at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the Hanover College men's and women's track & field teams will open the "Last Chance" portion of its 2019 schedule at Indiana University.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers head to Bloomington, Ind. for the Division I-hosted meet that is set to take place Friday, May 3. There will 17 track events and eight field events, with competition set for a 1 p.m. start at the Haugh Track & Field Complex.


AWARDS SZN: The Blue and Red saw a successful conference meet turn into a bevy of awards Thursday, May 2. After winning its fifth HCAC outdoor title, and second in three years, the women received 13 all-conference honors, as well as three annual awards. The men, who had their best performance at the HCAC outdoor meet by placing second with 152 points, had 12 total all-HCAC award winners, including eight first team selections.

HIGH-POINT HUNTER: Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) were the respective high-point champions for the women's and men's conference meets with 34.50 and 33.0 points. The duo will be in action again this Friday as well. Kenna will gear up for her next multi appearance by competing in the high jump and 800m run. The junior has set personal records in both events this season, 1.55m and 2:23.39, respectively. Reece continues his attempt to qualify for the 400m dash national championships. The sophomore has a season- and personal-best time of 48.66, which is currently the school-record mark and ranks 30th across Division III this spring.

SENIORS TAKE TO TRACK: Seniors Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) will compete on the track this Friday. Hedrick, who was named 2019 HCAC Most Valuable Runner after winning the 5K and 10K races, will attempt to break the conference record in the 3000m run at IU. The senior has a personal-best time of 8:44.03, which is two seconds off the school record and five seconds away from the HCAC mark.

Sheryak, like Hunter, will prep for the multis by competing in the long jump and 400m dash. The senior has personal records in both events, jumping 6.48m last week at the HCAC Championships and running the 400 in 51.93 seconds earlier this spring at Muskingum (Ohio).

VAULTING TO THE TOP: A trio of Panther pole vaulters will compete this weekend in seniors Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), as well as junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Clancy is coming off a second-place performance at the HCAC Championships, tying a personal-best clearance of 3.50m. Trimpe currently has the 18th best mark in Division III, 3.73m, which is also the best in school history. She placed third at the HCAC meet at 3.35m.

On the men's side, Monnin has cleared 4.00m in five of his six appearances this spring. The junior's top mark is 4.30m.

FIELDING SUCCESS: Hanover will have three additional athletes compete in the field events at IU. Junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) will be in the men's and women's hammer throw. Both are school record holders this spring with marks of 52.46m and 51.08m, respectively. Perez ranks 43rd nationally, while Browning is among the top 20 in Division III.

Freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) continues his outdoor season in the high jump. Cook has cleared at least 1.83m in all five outings this spring and has a best jump of 1.92m.

RELAY MAKING HISTORY: The men's 4x100 relay team has broken the school record twice this season, including last week at the HCAC Championships. The group of Hunter, senior Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Sam Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) will look to follow up their HCAC-winning time of 42.82 seconds this weekend.

UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will send a select number of athletes to North Central (Ill.) and Mount Olive (N.C.) next week. The NCC Dr. Keeler Invite is slated for Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, while the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 10 and May 11.

Contact: Tyler Jester