Track Indoor Preview: Field Athletes

Emily Clancy and Jacob Sofronko track collage

HANOVER, Ind. – As the indoor track season approaches for the Hanover men and women, today we will highlight a few of the returning field athletes.

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.

Sprinters (Jan. 9, 2017)

Distance (Jan. 10, 2017)

Hanover returns senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.), who is the reigning HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete. Hubbard, who competes in multiple field events as part of the indoor pentathlon, is currently among the top five all-time at HC in four different individual field events.

The senior holds the triple jump record with a mark of 10.67 meters, which came at DePauw in 2016. She also placed second in the triple jump at the HCAC Indoor Championships. Hubbard added a first place finish at the conference meet in the long jump with a mark of 5.23 meters. The local product is also in the top five in school history in the high jump and shot put, while holding the school mark for pentathlon points at 3,180 as well.

Joining Hubbard as a top returning female field athlete is sophomore Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.). Clancy who competed solely in the pole vault for field events last season, is the current HC record holder. The sophomore set a personal best mark of 3.25 meters at the HCAC Championships, finishing fourth overall. She cleared 3.00 meters in four of her five tries at the pole vault during the 2016 indoor campaign, and placed in the top eight on all five occasions.

The men return a bevy of field athletes including the pole vault record holder, sophomore Slade Stevens (Goshen, Ky.). Stevens set a mark of 3.75 meters at the conference championship, placing eighth overall. The sophomore competed in the event just one other time last year, finishing eighth with a mark of 3.45 meters.

Junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) returns as one of the team’s top weight throw and shot put athletes. Sofronko’s last weight throw in 2016 came at the Fred Wilt Invitational, where he set a mark of 14.96 meters to place fourth at the event and fourth all-time at HC. The junior’s best shot put throw last year was 12.23 meters, which was good enough for sixth at DePauw. Sofronko is coming off a strong football campaign with the Panthers, as he was named a second team all-HCAC pick.

One of the top jumpers returning for the men is sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.). Sheryak competed in the high jump three times during last season’s indoor tour, finishing sixth once and eighth twice. His best high jump mark was 1.75 meters, which placed him eighth at the HCAC Championships. Sheryak also competed in the long jump once, logging a mark of 5.63 meters.

Hanover will open the 2017 indoor season at noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the R.H. Johnson Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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