TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes combined for three NCAA qualification efforts, two school records and 16 event victories at the Engineer Friday Night Track and Field Invitational.
The performances included one automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this March. Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox), a two-time NCAA Division III national runner-up as a freshman, recorded a high jump leap of 5' 7 1/4" to earn a return trip to the championships.
Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) topped a 33-year old school record originally set by Rose-Hulman Hall of Fame inductee Tony Allen with a provisional national qualification in the 55-meter high hurdles. Coleman won the event in a time of 7.72 seconds.
Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) provisionally qualified for the national championships in his second event this season with an 800-meter time of 1:54.56 for the second-best mark in school history. Bischak set a school record with a provisional national qualification in the mile run last weekend.
The women's 4-x-400 meter relay team added the second school record of the night with a time of 4:15.87 that snapped the previous mark by over five seconds. Team members included freshman Christina Moravec (Seymour), freshman Katherine Moravec (Seymour), freshman Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County) and sophomore Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/ Southmont).
Junior Jeremiah Edwards (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) also ranked second in school history with his winning time of 6.62 seconds in the 55-meter dash. Senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central) also added a sprint title with a time of 51.07 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Junior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis/Warren Central) rounded out the track event winners with a one-mile run time of 4:24.34.
Field event winners for the Rose-Hulman men included sophomore Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) in the pole vault (13' 6 1/4"); freshman Luke Winningham (Indianapolis/Roncalli) in the shot put (42' 11"); and Coleman with a triple jump leap of 44' 6 1/4".
The Fightin' Engineers also earned a sweep of the two men's relay events. The 4-x-200 meter team of Bouagnon, sophomore Michael Johnson (Indianapolis/Franklin Central), graduate student Calvin Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge) and freshman Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral) topped the competition with a time of 1:33.21. The 4-x-400 meter relay team featuring Coleman, sophomore Brent Augsten (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), freshman Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and Bouagnon won with a time of 3:28.11.
On the women's side, the 4-x-200 meter relay team of Cox, sophomore Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/Covenant Christian) (pictured), Christina Moravec and sophomore Tanya Colonna (Brecksville, Ohio) earned a victory with a time of 1:54.37. Junior Aleks Kampa (Garden Grove, Calif./Orange County Lutheran) earned a field event win in the shot put (35' 1").
Sprint event winners for Rose-Hulman included Cox in the 200-meters (28.29) and Christina Moravec in the 400 (1:03.90). Clauser finished a strong second and narrowly missed a school record in the 800 meters with her time of 2:18.91. Colonna recorded a tie for first place in the pole vault with her leap of 9' 6 1/4".
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Engineer Invitational featuring 12 institutions from seven states next Saturday at the Sports and Recreation Center.