MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – A trio of Panther track & field athletes made the trip to compete in the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11.
The Division II-hosted meet saw senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) compete in the men's decathlon, while junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) was a participant in the women's heptathlon.
Hunter headlined the group, as she posted 4,080 points over seven events, placing sixth overall and moving inside the top 50 in NCAA Division III this spring. Her point total was also a new personal record and keeps her second all-time at Hanover.
The junior did not finish lower than fifth place on Day One, while also recording over 650 points on three-of-four occasions. Highlighting the day were the high jump and shot put, which saw her meet or surpass personal records with marks of 1.58m and 8.27m, respectively.
Day Two saw Hunter tally 1,574 points over three events, led by her victory in the final event, the 800m run. She clocked in at 2:30.72 in her victory for a daily high of 684 points. Hunter's top point-performance came in the final event Day One, the 200m dash, where her time of 26.93 seconds was good enough for 718 points.
On the men's side, Cook accumulated 4,873 points over 10 events in his first collegiate decathlon, moving him into second all-time at HC. The freshman started strong, tallying 2,992 points over the first five events Friday. His length of 5.85m in the long jump was a new personal best, while his height of 1.92m in the high jump tied a personal record and resulted in his highest point total during the two days, 731. Cook was third in the high jump.
The freshman went on to set personal records in all five events Saturday. His top performance came in the final event, the 1500m run, which he placed seventh and had 556 points with a time of 5:00.60.
Sheryak logged an appearance in all five events on Day One before retiring from the overall competition. In his final three events Friday, the senior tied or set a personal record which helped lead to 3,273 points on the day. The shot put (10.38m), high jump (1.83m) and 400m dash (50.70) all resulted in over 500 points, led by 783 in the 400m, which was also good enough for fifth place.
The Panthers final scheduled event prior to the NCAA Division III National Championships will be a trip to North Central. The Gregory Invitational is slated for Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16.
Contact: Tyler Jester