HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College track & field program produced some of the nation's top performances over a two-day span at North Central and Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16.
Leading the way was senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), who broke her own school record in the pole vault with a height of 3.77m. The clearance tied for the top height at the Ohio Wesleyan Great Lakes Final Qualifier Thursday and currently moves her inside the top 15 in NCAA Division III. Trimpe will now wait to see if her mark holds up and qualifies her for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships for the second consecutive year.
Classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) closed her stellar career Thursday by clearing 3.42m in the pole vault. Clancy's performance was good enough to tie for fifth in the field and falls just shy of tying her personal-record mark of 3.50m.
Also competing in the pole vault at OWU Thursday was men's junior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Monnin cleared the opening height, 4.13m, in his third attempt to place fourth overall.
Senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) headlined the Panthers' efforts at the North Central Gregory Invitational. Trimpe and Clancy also competed in the pole vault on Wednesday.
Sheryak reset his school record in the decathlon, as he finished the 10-event competition with 6,231 points. The senior currently ranks inside the top 30 nationally and placed fifth out of 15 competitors at the meet.
On Day One, Sheryak accumulated 3,383 points, which was good enough for third overall. The senior set four personal records in five events, highlighted by top three finishes and 660-plus points in the 100m (11.46), high jump (1.84m) and 400m (50.50). The second and final day of competition ended with a 15-second personal record in the 1500m run, 4:49.25, which was one of three events with 600-plus points. Sheryak was also second overall with a height of 4.20m in the pole vault and clocked in at 16.59 seconds in the 110m hurdles to record 673 and 668 points, respectively.
Browning placed fifth in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 49.27m, which came on her opening toss. The sophomore currently has the 19th-best mark in NCAA Division III at 51.93m and will await to see if she can qualify for her first national championships.
The official announcement from the NCAA regarding the field for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships will be released, on NCAA.com, at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 18. The championship will meet will then take place in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Institute on Thursday through Saturday, May 23 through 25.
Contact: Tyler Jester