Heartland Shines at Division III National Championships

Heartland Shines at Division III National Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference was well represented at the indoor track and field, women's basketball and wrestling national championships over the weekend.

Three HCAC student-athletes traveled to Boston, Massachusetts for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. During the two-day spectacle, Hanover senior Joe Sheryak tallied four events with 700-plus points, as well as four top-10 finishes. The senior entered the week ranked 16th in the country in the heptathlon and jumped up six spots at the national championship meet with a final point total of 4,807.

Fightin' Engineer Nick Palmer placed 14th in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday afternoon. The senior entered the meet seeded No. 13 in the field of 20 vaulters and cleared a height of 4.60 meters.

Franklin's Nathan Adams entered the weight throw as the 18th-seed overall, the senior showed improvement from one throw to the next, finishing the event in 16th place overall. Following throws of 16.63 meters and 17.57 meters at the championship, Adams closed out the event with his best throw of the evening and the second-best throw in program history with a heave of 18.04 meters.

The No. 18 Transylvania women's basketball team traveled to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to take on No. 1 Thomas More in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. The Pioneers were defeated, 89-74, by the 30-0 Thomas More Saints in the matchup on Friday evening. The loss snapped Transylvania's decade-best 21-game win streak as the Pioneers signed off on a 27-3 season for the 2018-19 campaign.

Mount St. Joseph wrestler Antonio McCloud qualified for nationals by winning the central regional championship at 197. The freshman finished the national tournament in eighth place, claiming The Mount's first All-American nod since Wayne Black in 2014. After the final championship match on Saturday, Lions head coach Charles Mason was awarded the NWCA Division III National Rookie Coach of the Year award.