Athletics News
Hubbard caps stellar career at NCAA Division III National Championships

Savannah Hubbard running

GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) ended her Hanover track and field career as one of the top heptathletes in the country as she scored 4,263 total points at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Thursday and Friday.

Hubbard began day one of the competition with a 15.73 in the 100 meter hurdles to earn 748 points. She then followed that with a jump of 1.40 meters in the high jump for another 512 points.

In her final two events of the day, Hubbard placed seventh overall in the shot put with a distance of 10.33 meters, good for 551 points, and then ran a 26.88 in the 200-meter dash for 722 points to cap the day with 2,533 total points.

The long jump was the first event of day two. Hubbard’s best jump of 5.30 meters was tied for the sixth best jump of the day and earned her 643 points.

She threw the javelin 31.72 meters, which marked her second best throw of the year, and then finished the day, and her collegiate career, with a time of 2:39.58 in the 800-meter dash.

Hubbard’s two-day total put her 19th overall in the nation capping an outstanding four-year track and field career in which she became the first-ever Hanover athlete to qualify for the National Championships in both indoor and outdoor seasons.

EVENT

MARK

POINTS

100m Hurdles

15.73

748

High Jump

1.40m

512

Shot Put

10.33m

551

200m

26.88

722

Long Jump

5.30m

643

Javelin Throw

31.72m

509

800m

2:39.58

578

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Athletics hosts end-of-year awards ceremony

Anna Cornacchione, Enrico Franchini, & Gabby Ritchey standing with awards

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) hosted its annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening, May 24.

For the second consecutive year the SAAB awards were presented in an “ESPY-style” format, with Rob Connett, WORX 96.7 FM radio personality and Hanover athletics public address announcer, as the host and emcee.

The athletic department handed out its annual honors, including the Dean’s and Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) awards. The Dean’s award goes to the team with the highest cumulative grade-point average, while the FAR award goes to the team with the most improved GPA. Women’s soccer won the Dean’s award for the second straight year, while women’s basketball earned the FAR honor.

Earning the Most Outstanding Senior Male and Female awards were Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.).

Franchini, a second team all-HCAC selection, got off to a strong start during the 2016 soccer campaign, recording nine goals and seven assists, over the first 10 games, totaling 25 points. After suffering a severe leg injury, Franchini returned for the final three games of the season, where he scored the game-winning goal against Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament Championship, giving the program its first ever bid into the NCAA National Tournament. He leaves Hanover as one of the top goal scorers in program history. The senior also competed on the track and field squad, where he earned conference honorable mention accolades in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Cornacchione and Hubbard were both named Most Outstanding Female Senior athletes, and rightfully so, after great careers at the College. Cornacchione, a two-time All-American, earned her second national award this season after posting 47 points, 16 goals and 15 assists. She also earned academic All-American honors this year, and became the first player to earn four first team all-region selections. Cornacchione added two HCAC Offensive Player of the Year awards and four first team all-conference selections, as she leaves HC atop the career goal, assist and points leaderboard.

Hubbard’s senior campaign was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, a program first, while also earning the HCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honor. The senior tied for at least a share of the high point scorer in both conference meets this season, earning two all-conference honors, while also leading the team to indoor and outdoor HCAC titles. A two-time academic All-American, Hubbard ranks among the top five in school history in a combined 19 indoor and outdoor events.

The athletic department also handed out its annual Bill Griffin and Mildred E. Lemen Mental Attitude awards Wednesday evening. The Griffin award went to senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) of the cross country and track and field teams, while softball senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) was the selected as the Lemen award winner.

Below is the “End of Year” highlight video that premiered during the awards ceremony.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hubbard, Sheryak earn Great Lakes All-Region recognition

Hubbard and Sheryak head shots

HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) and sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) have been named Great Lakes All-Region honorees as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Hubbard earned her recognition in the heptathlon after an impressive senior year, which will continue May 25-27 at Geneva, Ohio when she completes her career as only the third Hanover female to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

She set school records in the heptathlon and the triple jump this year and won both the Hillsdale Last Chance Heptathlon (NCAA Division II meet) and the Mount St. Mary’s Multi’s (NCAA Division I meet).

In addition to her success in the heptathlon, Hubbard was named the Indiana Division III Field Athlete of the Year as she helped the Panthers to a first place finish in the meet. She also tallied a meet-high 36 points and earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team honors as Hanover tied for the conference championship.

The honor is her second all-region award as she was also named all-region during the 2017 indoor season in the pentathlon.

The award is the first for Sheryak, who earned his recognition in the decathlon in only his second season at Hanover.

The sophomore competed in the event for the first time ever at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic and set a school record with 5,620 points in the two-day event.

He set four personal records, including the 400-meter dash (52.83), the long jump (6.08m), the 110-meter hurdles (16.96), and the javelin (38.79m).

Sheryak becomes only the second Hanover male to earn the award as he joins 2016 graduate Joe Feldmann, who earned his honor during the indoor season in the 400-meter dash.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

HCAC announces spring academic all-conference honorees

HCAC logo

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced the Tom Bohlsen academic all-conference awards for the 2017 spring student-athletes.

From the 10 conference schools, 226 total student-athletes qualified for the award, which requires the student-athlete to have at least a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) or higher. Hanover had 20 student-athletes this spring earn the academic honor.

The cumulative GPA is based on an athlete’s classroom performance through the end of the semester preceding the beginning of the month-long spring term for Hanover students.

The award recognizes the contributions of Bohlsen, a 1957 Hanover graduate, who served as the first commissioner of the Heartland Conference from 1998-2008.

Below is a list of the Hanover student-athletes who were recognized by the conference.

NAME

SPORT

YR.

HOMETOWN

Michaela Corbin

Softball

So.

Kendallville, Ind.

Rebecca Duke

Women's Lacrosse

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Mallory Fogus

Women's Lacrosse

Jr.Grosse Ill, Mich.

Tommaso Girelli

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Trentino, Italy

Jacob Hedrick

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

So.

Memphis, Ind.

Savannah Hubbard

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Madison, Ind.

Joseph Korjenek

Men's Golf

Jr.

College Grove, Tenn.

Braydan Luce

Baseball

So.

Avon, Ind.

Taryn Mayer

Women's Lacrosse

Sr.

North Vernon, Ind.

Kyle Mundon

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Kendallville, Ind.

Joe Rector

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Aurora, Ind.

Gabby Ritchey

Softball

Sr.

Loogootee, Ind.

Carlie Roark

Softball

So.

Hebron, Ky.

Gabe Rohleder

Men's Golf

So.

Evansville, Ind.

Doug Seals

Men's Tennis

Jr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Abby Shroyer

Women's Lacrosse

Jr.

Zionsville, Ind.

Jack Simon

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Lexington, Ky.

Stephanie Simpson

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Watertown, Tenn.

Cami Trachtman

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Carmel, Ind.

Erin Trimpe

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

So.

New Palestine, Ind.

Contact:Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Hubbard sets school record, qualifies for Nationals

Hubbard at starting blocks

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) set a new school record for the heptathlon and, in the process, became only the third female in Hanover women’s track and field history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Hubbard finished sixth overall at the North Central College Gregory Invitational with a combined score of 4421 points to break her own record of 4353 pionts set in 2016 by 68 points.

Over the course of the two-day invitational she set two personal bests and added another season best in a third event.

On Wednesday, Hubbard opened with a time of 15.56 in the 100-meter hurdles to place seventh and collect 769 points. She followed with a jump of 1.44 meters in the high jump for tenth and 555 points, and then set a season best in the shot put with a distance of 10.46 meters to finished second with 560 points.

The senior ended the day with a personal best in the 200-meter dash in which she ran a time of 26.71 to place eighth and earn 681 points for a first day total of 2620 points.

Hubbard returned Thursday with a third place finish in the long jump. Her jump of 5.27 meters was good for third and 634 more points.

She then was second in the javelin throw (30.49 meters) for 486 points, and finished with another personal best in the 800-meter dash. In that race, Hubbard placed eighth with a time of 2:30.92 for 681 points to complete her record-setting meet.

She joins 2005 graduate Leah Peelman and 2015 graduate Briahna Chambers as the only females in school history to qualify for the national meet.

Hubbard will complete her outstanding four-year career Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27 at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

EVENT

MARK

POINTS

100m Hurdles

15.56

769

High Jump

1.44m

555

Shot Put

10.46m

560

200m

26.71

736

Long Jump

5.27m

634

Javelin Throw

30.49m

486

800m

2:30.92

681

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Three Panthers recognized by HCAC

Head shots of all conference selections

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Three members of the Hanover baseball program have been recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts during the 2017 season.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) were each named to the HCAC Honorable Mention Team, while senior Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) was selected to the HCAC Sportsmanship Team.

Shine earns his second post-season honor after being an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. The third-year shortstop led the team and was seventh in the league with a .356 average in 146 at-bats. He also led the team in hits (52), slugging (.541), home runs (5), triples (2), and total bases (79), while ranking second on the team in on-base percentage (.428), runs scored (35), and RBI (27).

The honor is the first of Fitch’s career, as the second-year catcher hit .321, good for third on the team. He was also third on the team in both doubles (10) and RBI (21), fourth in total bases (52), and tied for second on the team with 16 walks.

Chumas earned the team’s all-sportsmanship honor in his senior year. A relief pitcher for the Panthers, Chumas made a career-high 11 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 1-0 record with a 5.14 earned run average, while allowing opponents to hit only .208 off him.

Hanover ended the 2017 season with a five-game improvement from last year and finished 18-20 overall.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Stump places third at Harrison Dillard Twilight

Amanda Stump running

BEREA, Ohio – Sophomore Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) continued her 2017 season at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet hosted by Baldwin Wallace and finished third in 3000-meter steeplechase.

The sophomore ran a time of 11:57.03, her second best time of her young career. Stump set her personal best at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships where she ran a time of 11:52.55.

In addition to Stump, senior Ivy Stevens (Goshen, Ky.) placed ninth in the hammer throw and sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished eighth in the 400-meter dash.

Stevens recorded a distance of 46.05 meters, while Payne ran a time of 51.44, just missing his personal best time of 51.20, set at the conference championship meet.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's golf wraps up play at NCAA National Championship

Allison Goodwin post shot

RESULTS

HOUSTON – The Hanover women’s golf team concluded its play at the NCAA National Championship Thursday, falling three positions short of making the cut for the final round.

With the top 15 teams advancing to Friday’s fourth and final round, the Panthers entered Thursday in 18th place and stayed put after a team total of 335. Hanover gave it a valiant effort in the third round, posting its fourth lowest team score of the season. The Blue and Red finished with a tournament total of 1,020 (336-349-335).

Freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) nearly made the individual cut, as the top six individual scores not on the top 15 teams also advanced to the final 18 holes. Cody tied for 53rd, falling three strokes short of earning a spot in Friday’s round. The freshman logged double-digit pars in two of the three rounds and led the team with five birdies, posting a score of 245 (79-86-80).

With bookend rounds of 80, freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) finished with a tournament total of 246 (80-86-80), to place in a tie for 56th overall. Goodwin fired off two birdies in the first and third rounds, while also adding 13 pars over 54 holes.

Competing in her final round of her HC career Thursday was senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.). Smith recorded a pair of birdies for the second straight round, as she finished with a tournament score of 263 (89-87-87). The senior placed 91st in the field of 116 golfers. Smith also became the first women’s golfer at Hanover to appear in four NCAA National Championships.

Posting a tournament-best six pars in the third round was junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.). Wuerch finished 95th with a 266 (88-90-88). Sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) also logged six pars in the third leg of the national tournament, as she tied for 107th with a final score of 282 (90-95-97).

Through three rounds, the average round at Bay Oaks Country Club was 83.07. Cody and Goodwin each logged two round under the tournament average, giving HC four total.

Hanover’s season is now complete, as the team appeared in its fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship this season. The Panthers earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference automatic bid after winning the league’s tournament back in the fall.

Allison Goodwin post shot

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hubbard wins second heptathlon meet of the outdoor season

Savannah Hubbard mid-air during long jump

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Winning her second heptathlon of the 2017 outdoor season, Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) of the Hanover women’s track and field team, posted a cumulative score of 4,105 points Wednesday and Thursday at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic.

With the win, Hubbard now has a victory at NCAA Division II hosted Heptathlon and Pentathlon meets, while also winning a NCAA Division I heptathlon meet this season. Her total this week moves her into the top 35 nationally.

Recording 2,488 points in the first four events on Day One, the senior ranked third in the field of nine athletes, predominately from NCAA Division II institutions. She proceeded to post 1,617 points over the final three events Thursday to jump up to the top spot, outlasting Tiffin’s (Ohio) Deborah Brodersen by just 59 points.

Hubbard opened the seven-leg competition with a third place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 15.68 seconds to earn a meet high 754 points. She also added a season best mark in the shot put at 10.42 meters.

The second and final day of action saw Hubbard post a long jump mark of 5.18 meters, giving her a first place finish and 609 points. The senior clocked in at 2:39.19 in the final event, the 800m run, giving her a new season best in the event.

Overall, Hubbard posted a top four finish in five of the seven events, while also recording over 600 points in three events. The senior ran the 200m in 27.19 seconds to close out the first day, giving her 696 points in the race.

RESULTS

EVENT

MARK

POINTS

100m Hurdles

15.68

754

High Jump

1.37m

481

Shot Put

10.42m

557

200m

27.19

696

Long Jump

5.18m

609

Javelin Throw

27.31m

426

800m

2:39.19

582

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Sheryak sets school record in decathlon at Hillsdale Last Chance Classic

Joe Sheryak jumping over hurdles

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Competing in the decathlon for the first time in his career, sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s track and field team set a new program record in the event at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheryak posted a two-day total of 5,620 points, placing sixth in the initial field of 11 athletes. The sophomore set four personal records, as his decathlon total is currently good enough to crack the top 50 nationally in NCAA Division III and fourth in the Great Lakes region.

Doing most of his damage on the opening day, Wednesday, Sheryak logged 3,081 points over the first five events. The sophomore set new personal records in the 400-meter dash (52.83) and the long jump (6.08m), placing fourth and fifth respectively, while earning over 600 points in each event.

Another highlight of the opening day was his first event, the 100m dash. Sheryak, who was competing in the event for the first time in his Hanover career, posted a time of 11.61 seconds, which earned him 730 points, the most of any event during his 10-leg competition.

Day Two saw him compete in three events, for the first time in his two years at HC, while also setting PR’s in the 110m hurdles and javelin throw. Sheryak clocked his first sub-17 second time at 16.96 in the hurdles, while adding a javelin toss of 38.79m. The two PR’s gave Sheryak just over 41 percent of his total Thursday.

RESULTS

EVENT

MARK

POINTS

100m

11.61

730

Long Jump

6.08m

604

Shot Put

9.38m

448

High Jump

1.78m

610

400m

52.83

689

110m Hurdles

16.96

628

Discus Throw

30.39m

472

Pole Vault

3.50m

482

Javelin

38.79m

425

1500m

5:04.88

532


Contact:
Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu