Track heads to North Central, Mount Olive this week

Kenna Hunter

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's and women's track & field teams continue their outdoor season with a split-squad weekend in Illinois and North Carolina.


SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers will send a select number of athletes to compete in the North Central (Ill.) Dr. Keeler Invitational on Thursday, May 9, while the multi's will trek east to compete at the Mount Olive (N.C.) First Chance and Multi meet on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11.

NORTH CENTRAL NOTES: Five athletes for HC are scheduled to compete at North Central, including sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.), who currently ranks 19th in NCAA Division III for the women's hammer throw. Browning broke the school record for the fourth time last week, placing eighth at the Division I-hosted meet by Indiana University with a distance of 51.93m. The sophomore has posted a toss better than 47m in all seven appearances this spring, including three above the 50m plateau.

Seniors Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) will try their luck in the women's pole vault. Trimpe's school-record height of 3.73m, which she set in her first outdoor appearance of 2019, has her ranked 21st nationally. The senior will be attempting to qualify for the outdoor national championships for the second consecutive year after placing 10th in the nation in 2018. Clancy ranks second in school history, as she has cleared 3.50m twice this spring, including the HCAC Championships, where she had a team-best finish of second place.

The 5000m run will see seniors Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) compete. Hedrick, the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Most Valuable Runner, holds the 3K, 5K and 10K school records after breaking the 3000m mark for the school and conference last week at IU, 8:35.87. His top 5K time is 15:04.50, which came during the 2018 campaign. His performance last weekend placed him second overall and ahead of 11 Division I runners.

Stump will be running the women's 5K for the third time this spring, which includes her personal-record time of 19:52.98 at the Transylvania Pioneer Invitational. Stump has scored in seven of eight distance events she has run this spring.

MOUNT OLIVE NOTES: The Panthers will have three athletes compete at Mount Olive this weekend, including senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) in the men's decathlon. Sheryak is the school record holder in the event after posting a total of 5,620 last season. The senior also holds in the indoor heptathlon record, 4,807 points, which came at the 2019 NCAA Indoor National Championships. Sheryak, who was the first men's athlete to qualify for the NCAA national championships, placed 10th overall.

Cook will be making his multi debut this weekend. The freshman has been one of HC's top jumpers this season with personal-best marks of 1.92m and 5.67m in the high and long jumps, respectively. Cook's high jump clearance is ninth-best in Panther lore, and he was also on the sixth fastest 1600m relay team, which posted a time of 3:25.50.

Junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will compete in the women's heptathlon for the second time this spring. Hunter, the high-point champion at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Championships with 34.50 points, set a new personal record earlier this year at Muskingum (Ohio), accumulating 3,978 points over seven events. The junior is one of three Division III athletes in the field this weekend and is currently regionally ranked in seven different events this season.

UP NEXT: Currently, Hanover's final scheduled meet prior to the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships will take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16. The North Central Gregory Invitational will start at 3 p.m. CDT both days.

Contact: Tyler Jester