Men's track & field primed for HCAC Indoor Championships this weekend

Jacob Sofronko rotating prior to launching the weight throw



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team will look to build upon a strong start to the indoor campaign as they compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships this weekend.

This year’s conference meet will be at a familiar site for HC, Rose-Hulman, as the first event is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Hanover has competed at Rose-Hulman twice already during the 2017 indoor season.

The Panthers have consistently improved in the final team point standings over the past three seasons at the HCAC Championships, going from a seventh place finish in 2014 to a third place finish and 83.5 points last year.

Senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) will look to add to his collection of top eight finishes from last year’s indoor conference meet. In 2016, Franchini placed seventh individually in the 200 meter, while also being a member on the 4x200m squad which finished second. This year, Franchini is scheduled to compete in the 200m, 400m, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay. The senior has the third fastest 200m time of the season for HC at 23.77, while also posting a career best time of 53.26 seconds in the 400m this year.

Coming off a career best 200m time of 23.29 seconds last week, which is tied for the second fastest time in school history, freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) will look to leave his mark in his first conference championship. Pyle also has the second fastest 400m time for HC this season at 53.02. The freshman will run in the 200m, 400m, and 4x200m relay.

Highlighting the field events is junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.), who will compete in the two throwing competitions. Sofronko recorded a career best weight throw distance of 15.04 meters back on Feb. 3, as he is ranked fourth in school history. The junior will also compete in the shot put, where his best mark this season is 11.76 meters.

Sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) has ran just once this season in the 5000m, the event he will participate in this weekend, but his time of 15:37.17 was a personal record and ranked second all-time in HC history. Hedrick also placed third in the HCAC Cross Country Championships back in the fall, earning all-conference accolades.

Joining Hedrick with all-HCAC honors in cross country this past fall was freshman Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). Veach will compete in his first HCAC indoor track and field championship this weekend, running in the 800m, one mile, and distance medley relay. The freshman has posted top five all-time marks in both the 800m (2:02.05) and one mile (4:32.59) this season.

Hanover has a meet championship to its name this indoor season, totaling 148 points at the DePauw Small College Invitational back on Feb. 3.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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