GREENCASTLE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology track and field teams combined for five event victories and 13 top-five performances at the DePauw University Invitational on Saturday.
Despite extremely windy conditions, Rose-Hulman student-athletes also combined for one NCAA Division III automatic national qualifying performance and one provisional effort.
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) (pictured) earned NCAA Division III automatic qualification honors after winning the women's high jump with a leap of 5' 7 3/4". Evans, the reigning indoor national champion in the high jump, earned runner-up honors at the NCAA Outdoor Nationals in 2010.
Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) improved his Division III provisional national qualification mark in the 110-hurdles for the day's second win. Coleman dropped his season best time to 14.76, and his marked ranked No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division III this week.
Senior Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville) added a victory in the 5,000-meter run with the fourth best time in school history (15:16.50). Sophomore Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) rounded out the individual winners with a pole vault leap of 15' 1".
The men's 4-x-400 meter relay squad added the final victory of the day for Rose-Hulman. Team members included sophomore Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester/George Rogers Clark) and Coleman, who ran a time of 3:21.59 that should rank in the top 10 nationally this season.
Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) contributed a strong second place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.77. Sophomore Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) contributed a strong third place in the women's 400-meter dash (1:02.03). Senior Isaac Stockrahm (Scottsburg/ Salem) also contributed a fourth-place finish in the pole vault (14' 1 1/4").
Fifth-place finishers for Rose-Hulman included sophomore Kevin Dickson (Grayslake, Ill.) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:30.08); Bouagnon in the 400-meter dash (50.64); sophomore Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) in the men's discus throw (142' 3"); and sophomore Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) in the triple jump (41 1 1/2").
The women's 4-x-400 meter relay team of sophomore Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/ Covenant Christian), freshman Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County), freshman Katherine Moravec (Seymour) and Clauser also came home fifth in a time of 4:21.21.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational next Saturday.