TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied
on nine event victories, 13 top-two finishes and three school
records for a strong performance at the ninth annual Engineer
Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.
The men's squad captured first place honors in a meet
that featured two of the nation's top 20 NCAA Division III squads
and 12 institutions from seven states. The day's competition
also included 10 meet records.
The No. 20 ranked Rose-Hulman men's squad scored 152.33
points. Defending meet champion Monmouth College was
runner-up with 113.33 points, followed by No. 9 ranked
Wabash College with 103.83.
The men's victory was Rose-Hulman's first team win in the nine
years of the Engineer Invitational. The women's team
placed seventh overall.
Senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) led the
Engineers with two individual first place efforts. Coleman
ran the fastest NCAA Division III time in the nation this year with
a mark of 8.12 seconds to win the 60-meter hurdles. He also
earned a 200-meter dash victory with a mark of 22.58 seconds that
ranks second in school history.
Junior Liz Evans
(Bicknell/North Knox) added the second best mark in NCAA
Division III this season in the women's high jump. Evans
cleared 5' 10" for the second time this season for the No. 2 mark
in NCAA Division III so far in 2012. The mark ranks in the
top five in NCAA Division III history.
Junior Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome)
provided another national top 10 mark this season with a winning
pole vault leap of 15' 7". The career best mark also ranks
No. 5 in Rose-Hulman history.
The third school record on the day belonged to junior
Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) who
earned runner-up honors in the women's 400-meter dash with a time
Junior Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) won
the men's weight throw with a strong performance. Larmore
earned the third-best mark in Fightin' Engineer history with a toss
of 50' 11 1/2".
Other individual event winners for Rose-Hulman included junior
Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark)
with a time of 50.71 seconds in the 400-meters; freshman
Josh Hojnacki (La Porte) with an 800-meter time of
1:59.61; and freshman Stuart West (La Porte) with
a mile run time of 4:24.26.
The men's 4-x-200 meter relay team of Hannan, junior
Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain),
sophomore Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary's
Cathedral) and freshman Jake Kelley (Tecumseh,
Mich.) added the day's final victory with a time of
Runner-up finishers for Rose-Hulman included sophomore
Charles Phillips (Batavia, Ill.) with an 800-meter
time of 2:00.52; senior P.J. Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast
Dubois) in the shot put (46' 9 1/2"); and Stallings in the
long jump (21' 1 1/4").
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the DePauw University
Invitational on Friday night in Greencastle.