NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its all-region award winners Sunday, May 19, with a record five Hanover athletes receiving recognition.
A total of 1,915 NCAA Division III athletes were listed as all-region performers by the USTFCCCA, which accounts for the top-five individuals in each event from each region, as well as each member of a top-three ranked relay team. Hanover and Rose-Hulman tied for the most combined men's and women's awards by a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution with five apiece. Overall, 16 men's and women's athletes from the HCAC were honored.
The Panthers had three women's recipients, as well as two men's honorees. Headlining the quintet are HC's national qualifiers, senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) and sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.), who are receiving recognition in the women's pole vault and hammer throw, respectively.
Trimpe cleared a school-record 3.77m in her last outing, which vaulted her inside the top 20 marks nationally and qualify her for her second straight NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships. The senior has marked a height of 3.50m or better in seven of nine outings this spring. She was also an all-region performer in 2018.
Browning will be making her national championship debut this weekend after her best hammer toss this spring, a school-record 51.93m, has her ranked 22nd nationally. The sophomore was also named HCAC Field Athlete of the Year after scoring in three events, including first place in the hammer throw, second place in the shot put and eighth in the discus.
Joining Trimpe as indoor and outdoor all-region performers are senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.), junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Kenna Hunter helps give the Blue and Red a HCAC-leading three selections on the women's side this spring. She is receiving the award for her efforts in the heptathlon. Hunter, who was the high-point champion at the HCAC outdoor championships, ranks 49th nationally and improved upon her second all-time school mark to 4,080 points.
On the men's side, Sheryak and Reece Hunter are earning awards for the decathlon and 400m dash, respectively. Sheryak finished his stellar career by improving his school-record total in the decathlon to 6,231 points at the North Central Gregory Invitational. The senior just missed out on his second national's appearance of the year, ranking 28th nationally this spring after placing 10th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
Hunter broke both the 200 and 400m school records this spring, with his one-lap performance giving him a top five mark in the Great Lakes region. His best time of 48.66 seconds is also 44th nationally. The sophomore was also the high-point champion at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Championships.
The Panthers that have qualified for the national championships will begin Thursday, May 23, and compete through Saturday, May 25. The 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships will take place in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Institute.
Contact: Tyler Jester