TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured seven first-place, 10 second-place and nine third-place finishes at the Early Bird Track and Field Invitational held at the William Welch Complex on Saturday.
The competitive five-team meet featured DePauw, Franklin, Earlham and Heidelberg.
Junior Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville) paced the winners with a school record performance in the 400-meter dash. Clauser ran a time of 58.54 seconds to top the previous mark established in 2006 by current Rose-Hulman professor Dr. Ashley Bernal (pictured). The time currently ranks No. 6 nationally in NCAA outdoor action this season.
Senior Jeremiah Edwards (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) led an impressive 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-meter dash. Edwards ran a winning time of 11.09 seconds.
Senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) added a strong early season time of 14.88 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles. The mark currently ranks No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division III.
Rose-Hulman's throwers had one of their strongest meets in the past several seasons with three first-place efforts, three runner-up performances and four third-places. Senior P.J. Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) earned top honors in the javelin throw (169' 5"), junior Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 163' 11", and sophomore Luke Winningham (Indianapolis/Roncalli) claimed the shot put with an effort of 46' 4 1/4".
The men's 4-x-400 meter relay team of Coleman, sophomore Charles Phillips (Batavia, Ill.), junior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), and junior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) capped the meet with a victory in a time of 3:19.11. The effort ranked second in Rose-Hulman school history and is fourth nationally this season.
Rose-Hulman added 10 runner-up performances on the afternoon. The pole vault duo of junior Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) and junior Tanya Colonna (Brecksville, Ohio) swept second-place honors with leaps of 14' 11 1/2" and 10' 0", respectively. Crowson's mark stands No. 9 nationally in NCAA Division III this season.
Throwing runner-up performances included the hammer throw duo of junior Trey Cahill (Auburn/Dekalb) and senior Aleks Kampa (Garden Grove, Calif./Orange County Lutheran) with second-place tosses of 155' 9" and 127' 3", respectively. Larmore added a toss of 135' 5" in the discus.
Other second-place running performances included freshman Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich.) with a time of 11.20 in the 100-meters; Hannan in a 400-meter time of 49.43 seconds; and freshman Josh Hojnacki (La Porte) with an 800-meter run time of 1:59.85.
Clauser rounded out the individual second-place finishes with a high jump mark of 4' 10 1/4". The women's 4-x-400 meter relay team of Clauser, sophomore Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County), senior Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/Covenant Christian) and freshman Jessica Waldren (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) added the second-best time in school history at 4:12.41 to capture runner-up honors.
Rose-Hulman's nine third-place finishes were led by Schulthies with marks of 132' 11" in the hammer throw and 42' 6" in the shot put.
The track and field team will hit the road for the Purdue Invitational next Saturday.