Track Indoor Preview: Distance Runners
HANOVER, Ind. – As the indoor track season approaches for the Hanover men and women, today we will preview the returning distance runners.
Throughout the week, we will take a deeper look at each group of the track and field program. To review previous releases, click the links below.
The Hanover track team will return six distance runners, all of which are coming off strong cross country seasons this past fall. Overall, both the men and women cross country teams placed third at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, combining for seven all-conference selections.
For the men, sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) is coming off his best cross country season with Hanover, where he led the team in three meets and finished second on the squad in the other four races. The sophomore’s best eight-kilometer time this fall was 25:48.0, at the #JennaStrong Invitational. Hedrick was named to the all-HCAC squad after finishing third in the conference meet.
In terms of his freshman indoor campaign last year, Hedrick ran in five events, finishing no worse than 12th in any race. Hedrick’s highlight of the 2016 indoor season came at the HCAC Championships where he finished seventh in the 5000-meter run, placing seventh overall, and also marking the fifth fastest time in school history.
Senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) was named as an honorable mention all-HCAC pick after placing 15th at the conference championship in the fall. Simon’s fastest 8K time also came at the #JennaStrong Invitational, where he ran in a time of 26:58.4.
Simon, a 2016 Indoor HCAC all-sportsmanship pick, posted eight total finishes among the top eight during last season’s indoor campaign. The senior was a top eight finisher in three events at last season’s HCAC championships as well, including the 800-meter, mile run, and distance medley relay.
Also returning to the indoor surface is junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.). After pacing the Panthers during the first three races of the 2016 cross country season, the junior battled injuries the remainder of the campaign. His top time of the fall came at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, where he ran in a time of 26:33.6. Rector also won the opening meet of the fall season at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational.
Rector returns to the track team, where he was a 2016 first team all-HCAC choice during the indoor season. The junior competed in just six total events last indoor season, but recorded three first place, one third place, and two fourth place finishes. Rector won the indoor 3000m and 5000m runs at the HCAC Championships last year, recording times of 8:58.51 and 15:14.15 respectively. Currently, Rector is the school record holder in the 5000m and mile runs, while ranking second at HC in the 3000m.
On the women’s side, senior Kori Siebert (Borden, Ind.) will be looking to carry momentum from the cross country season onto the track. Siebert was an all-HCAC pick, finishing 10th at the conference championship back in October. The senior was a mainstay among the top three for HC in the cross country season.
Siebert competed just three times during the indoor season last year, with her top finish coming in the 3000m at the DePauw Small College Invitational. She placed 10th with a time of 11:58.89. The senior also placed 13th at the conference meet in the 5000m, finishing in 20:36.50.
Classmate Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) also a mainstay among the top runners this past fall for the women’s cross country squad, battled injuries causing her to miss a chance at earning all-conference honors. Trachtman battled back to run her second best six-kilometer time of the year at the NCAA Regional Championships at 25:27.5.
Trachtman was a 2016 Indoor all-HCAC pick, after recording three top six finishes at the conference championships. The senior was a part of the DMR squad which won the HCAC race at 12:58.16, while ranking second all-time at HC. Trachtman was a part of the 2015 DMR team that currently holds the school record, while her mile time of 5:25.46 back in 2015 is also among the top five at HC all-time.
A third senior returning his Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio). Ferrell earned HCAC honorable mention tabs this past fall, finishing 20th overall. The senior was also second among HC runners at the NCAA Regionals, running her best 6K time of 25:06.6.
Though she did not compete on the track and field squad last season, Ferrell recorded 14 top 10 finishes in 15 total events during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2015. Her last appearance for HC on the track came at the 2015 HCAC Outdoor Championships, where she placed sixth in the 800m and fourth on the 4x400m relay team.
Hanover will open the season at the R.H. Johnson Invitational at noon on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Contact: Tyler Jester