HCAC Sends Three Student-Athletes to NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships

HCAC Sends Three Student-Athletes to NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships




INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools have qualified a student-athlete to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships in results released by the NCAA. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

For each men's and women's individual event, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top 12 declared relay teams were accepted into the competition. 

Franklin, Hanover and Rose-Hulman each qualified one student-athlete into the championship meet this weekend.

Nathan Adams, Franklin

Adams, a senior at Franklin, has qualified as the 18th seed for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the weight throw. The senior tossed the 18.29 meter qualifying mark back on January 12 at the Robert H. Johnson Some Little Giant Open held at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. 

At the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Adams placed second in the weight throw with a heave of 17.56 meters to earn second team All-HCAC honors. The senior also tallied a sixth place finish in the shot put with a mark of 13.45 meters. The men's weight throw will be held on Friday, March 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the national championships in Boston.

Joe Sheryak, Hanover

Sheryak, who is the first men's track athlete for Hanover to qualify for the national championships, will compete in the heptathlon this upcoming Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. The senior posted a point total of 4,761 (converted to 4,785) in the seven-leg event this past Saturday, March 2, at the Ohio Northern Final Qualifier, to break his previous school record mark, resetting the record for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and ranking 16th nationally.

Sheryak has had a memorable 2019 campaign, as he led the field with 28 points during the HCAC Indoor Championships back on Feb. 16, as Hanover recorded its highest finish ever at the meet, second place, with 152 points. The senior logged five top six finishes during the conference meet.

The heptathlon will span both days of the event, beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, with the 60m dash. Saturday's competition will also begin at 10 a.m., starting with the 60m hurdles.

Nick Palmer, Rose-Hulman

Palmer has qualified 13th nationally in the pole vault with his Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship mark of 4.82 meters set in February at Defiance College. The senior's effort helped Rose-Hulman win its 20th consecutive men's HCAC track and field team championship, with 11 straight outdoor titles and nine consecutive indoor championships.

Palmer qualifies for the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in his career after winning his first HCAC pole vault title this season. The six-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer had finished as the HCAC pole vault runner-up four times prior to this season.

Palmer will compete on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.  He will hope to add to a Rose-Hulman track and field tradition that includes 55 All-American awards, 10 NCAA Division III national championship performances and eight NCAA Division III runner-up finishes.  The tradition includes specific success in pole vault, as the Fightin' Engineers have combined for 14 All-American awards, two national titles and two runner-up finishes in the pole vault alone.

The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors after the completion of event finals Saturday.