The Men's Track & Field Team Closed out January with Trip to Ohio

Photo Credit: Michelle Witt
Photo Credit: Michelle Witt

SPRINGFIELD, Ind. – The Hanover men's track and field took a trip to Ohio for the NCAC/OAC/HCAC Challenge hosted by Wittenberg University. The Panthers finished seventh overall in the eight-team field with 39 points.

The 4x400-meter relay team tallied a top three finish to pace the way for the Blue and Red crossing the finish line in a time of 3:31.33, ranking them fourth all-time among the Hanover top ten. The team was compiled of sophomore Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.), senior Paxton Caldwell (Connersville, Ind.), sophomore Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.), and freshman Aaron Rodgers (Noblesville, Ind.). Senior Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) also claimed a top three mark in the pole vault clearing a height of 4.10 meters, a season best.

Also, in the field events, senior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) found success in the weight throw with a distance of 15.12 meters taking fourth overall in the 28-person field.

Senior Paxton Caldwell (Connersville, Ind.) teamed up with senior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.), sophomore Bryce Gatewood (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) for a fifth-place mark in the 4x200-meter realy in a time of 1:35.16. The time moves the team into fifth all-time among Hanover's top ten. 

Junior Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.) took sixth overall in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:03.99 a season-best, while teammate sophomore Riley Cook (Corydon, Ind.) competed in the 1,000-meter run and finished seventh overall.

Freshman Chaz Johnson (Fountain City, Ind.) posted a strong finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.25 meters for a sixth-place finish and a new season-best, boosting him into eighth all-time in the event. 

In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) climbed his way into the Panther top ten with a race time of 9.55, while teammate freshman Robert Hoegeman (Monroe, Ohio) also found himself on the top ten board in the one mile with a time of 4:40.30. 

Rodgers not only had success in the 4x400-meter relay but was the highest HCAC finisher in the 200-meter dash where he competed the race with a a top ten all-time mark of 23.47.

Sophomore Riley Cook opened the weekend for the Blue and Red as he traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Tom Hathaway Classic. The sophomore competed in the heptathlon where he posted strong finishes in the 60-meter dash (7.67), long jump (5.62 meters), shot put (8.46 meters) and the high jump (1.86 meters).

The Panthers return to action on Saturday, February 1 as they compete at the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.