Men's Track & Field Competes at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Opener

Kornell Dash

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Hanover College men's track and field team opened the 2020 Indoor season with a trip to Rose-Hulman for the Friday Night Spikes Opener finishing third overall.

Washington University won the team title with 226 points, while Rose-Hulman took second with 128 points. 

The Panthers posted a strong performance in the field events as senior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.), senior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) and freshman Chaz Johnson (Fountain City, Ind.) paced the way with second place finishes in their respective events. Perez claimed a top mark in the weight throw with a toss of 15.53 meters, while teammates Johnson took second in the long jump with a leap of 6.02 meters and Monnin in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.97 meters. 

The success continued in the field events as sophomore Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) took third in the high jump with a height of 1.75 meters and eighth in the long jump with a distance of 5.78 meters. Sophomore Jalen Simmons (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a strong day in the pole vault with a fifth place mark and a height of 3.67 meters moving into fourth on the Hanover all-time list, while junior Elijah Williams (Greencastle, Ind.) claimed eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 12.96 meters.

Freshman Nick Stroud (Leavenworth, Ind.) rounded out the field events for the Panthers with a top 10 finish in the shot put and a distance of 12.08 meters.

The momentum carried into the track events as the 4x200m relay team of senior Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.), freshman Torion'Ja Forrest (Peru, Ind.), senior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) and junior Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) finished third in the event with a time of 1:36.18. 

Other top five finishes included sophomore Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.61, while Dash claimed fifth in the 60 meter run in a time of 7.40. 

Sophomore Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) took eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.60 joined by freshman Aaron Rodgers (Noblesville, Ind.) in the 200 meter run finishing eighth. Rodgers also took ninth in the 400 meter run. 

The Blue and Red return to action on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 25 with the Tom Hathaway Classic and Wittenberg Invitational.