TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes combined for three NCAA qualification efforts and four school records at the competitive Engineer Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.
Monmouth College, ranked No. 3 nationally in NCAA Division III women's track and field and No. 4 on the men's side, swept team titles in the meet with Washington University finishing second. The Rose-Hulman men recorded a strong third-place effort, with the women finishing sixth.
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) reached the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying mark for the second time this season with a high jump leap of 5' 7 3/4". Evans mark leads all NCAA Division III competitors this season.
Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark by topping his own school record in the mile run. Bischak earned runner-up honors in a time of 4:13.84.
Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) snapped his own school record in the 55-meter high hurdles and improved his NCAA provisional qualifying time with a mark of 7.70 seconds. Coleman also recorded the second fastest 200-meter time in school history with a runner-up time of 22.82 seconds.
Junior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis/Warren Central) earned top honors with a school record performance in the 5,000-meter run. Aldrich recorded a time of 15:18.17 in the effort.
Freshman Andrew Thompson (Mundelin, Ill./Vernon Hills) added a victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.16. The 4-x-400 meter relay team of Coleman, sophomore Brent Augsten (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), freshman Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central) (pictured) helped the Engineers snag the third-place team finish with a victory in a time of 3:24.11.
Junior Jeremiah Edwards (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) came home second in the 55-meter dash and missed the school records by just .01 seconds with his mark of 6.57. The 4-x-200 meter relay team of Bouagnon, sophomore Michael Johnson (Indianapolis/Franklin Central), graduate student Calvin Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge) and freshman Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral) also placed second in 1:32.30.
Senior Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville) provided depth to the team score with a third place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Fourth-place finishers included sophomore Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) in the pole vault (14' 5 1/4") and sophomore Chris Good (Bloomington/Edgewood) in the men's high jump (6' 3 1/2").
Other top-five finishers for the Fightin' Engineers included sophomore Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) in the women's 800-meter run (2:24.08), freshman Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County) in the women's high jump (5' 2 1/4"), and sophomore Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) in the long jump (20' 4 1/2").
Sophomore Tanya Colonna (Brecksville, Ohio) highlighted the sixth-place finishers by tying her own school record in the women's pole vault with a leap of 10' 0". The women's 4-x-400 meter relay team of freshman Christina Moravec (Seymour), freshman Katherine Moravec (Seymour), Cox and Clauser also came home sixth in 4:17.83.
On the men's side, Bouagnon recorded a 400-meter dash time of 51.46 for sixth place. Good added a triple jump leap of 40' 2 3/4", and senior Marcus Peck (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) also placed sixth in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.12).
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the DePauw University Invitational next Saturday in Greencastle.