NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its All-Academic award winners Monday, July 22, with a record five Hanover athletes receiving recognition.
The Panthers had three women's recipients and two men's honorees. Headlining the quintet are HC's national qualifiers, senior Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.), sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.), and senior Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) who are receiving recognition in the women's pole vault, hammer throw, and decathlon, respectively. This is the second All-Academic Award for Sheryak and Trimpe.
Browning placed 16th in the hammer throw in her debut at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Championship. Browning qualifier for the meet with a school record toss of 51.93m at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational.
Competing at her second consecutive national championship, Trimpe placed 20th after clearing a school record of 3.77m at the Great Lakes Final Qualifier to qualify for the event.
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 in the heptathlon.
Siblings junior Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and sophomore Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) both earned their first All-Academic Award during the 2019 season.
Reece Hunter broke both the 200 and 400m school records this spring and was also the high-point champion at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Championship.
Kenna Hunter ended the indoor campaign ranked 27th in the country in the pentathlon falling just three points shy of the school record tally with 3,240 points. Hunter broke the indoor school record in the high jump and was the high-point individual champion at the HCAC Outdoor Championship.
The quintet join senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) in earning All-Academic honors during the 2018-2019 season. Hedrick earned his second consecutive honor and became the first Hanover male to qualify for the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championship during the 2018 Cross Country season.
As a team, HC posted a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average for the 2018-19 academic year. A total of 297 men's and women's teams were honored by the USTFCCCA Thursday afternoon, including three from the conference, all on the women's side.
To qualify for the award, an athlete must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 and must either compete in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor National Championship event, or finish the regular season ranked among the top 50 in an individual event or top 35 in a NCAA-sponsored relay event.