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HANOVER, Ind. – The Panther men's track and field team will look to have continued success this weekend with a trip to Ohio Northern University for the Joe Banks Invitational.
BREAKING THE TOP 10: The Blue and Red competed at the NCAC/OAC/HCAC Challenge this past weekend hosted by Wittenberg University where Hanover saw eight athletes improve on top ten marks. Leading the charge was the 4x400-meter relay compiled of sophomore Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.), senior Paxton Caldwell (Connersville, Ind.), sophomore Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), and freshman Aaron Rodgers (Noblesville, Ind.) moving into fourth on the all-time list with a time of 3:31.33.
Rodgers also found success in the 200-meter run where he propelled into eighth among the top 10 list with a time of 23.47, while freshman Chaz Johnson (Fountain City, Ind.) also landed among the Panther all-time top ten in the long jump with an eighth-place mark at 6.25 meters.
Caldwell's success carried on to the 400-meter run where he propelled into ninth among the Hanover all-time top 10 list finishing the event with a time of 52.72. Rounding out the weekend for the Blue and Red was freshman Robert Hoegeman (Monroe, Ohio) in the mile taking the number 10 spot in a time of 4:40.30, while sophomore Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) landed 10th all-time in the 60-meter hurdles crossing the finish line in a time of 9.55.
STRONG FINISH: As a unit, the men's track and field team finished seventh overall in the meet with 39 points defeating HCAC foe Anderson. Hanover also got strong performances in the meet from senior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) in the weight throw finishing fourth overall in the 28-person field. In the 5,000-meter run, junior Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.) took sixth with a time of 16:03.99, while teammate sophomore Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) competed in the 1,000-meter run finishing seventh.
HISTORY BEHIND JOE BANKS: The Joe Banks Invitational is in honor of Ohio Northern University head track and field coach Mr. Joe Banks who served from 1919 to 2007. The event will feature 12 teams including HCAC institutions: Bluffton and Manchester. The meet is scheduled to begin with field events at 11 a.m. followed by track events at noon.