Men's Track & Field 2nd, Women 6th at Indiana D-III Meet


225Mattiuz RunTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology compiled four event victories and 16 top-three performances at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships at DePauw University on Saturday.

The results helped the Rose-Hulman men place second of eight teams at the event, while the women's squad finished sixth of seven teams.

The Fightin' Engineers won three running events and one field event on the day.  Freshman Brendon Mattiuz (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) and junior Ryan Meyer (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) paced the men's effort with victories.  Mattiuz won the 800-meters in a time of 2:01.22, with Meyer capturing the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:58.72.

On the women's side, sophomore Addie Johnson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) claimed the 400-meter hurdles title in a time of 1:07.39.  Sophomore Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) captured the lone field event win of the day with a javelin throw toss of 116' 0".

The men's squad compiled five second-place finishes on the afternoon.  Junior Austin Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) had two runner-up performances in the high jump (6' 4") and the javelin (168' 8").  Other runner-ups included senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood/Center Grove) in the 5,000 (15:52.48), freshman Andrew Okruch (Mt. Washington, Ky./Bullitt East) in the shot put (48' 2 3/4"), and the 4-x-100 meter relay team in a time of 43.24 seconds.

On the women's side, freshman Ava Paruleski (Shumway, Ill./Beecher City) pitched in a second-place finish with a high jump mark of 5' 0 1/4". 

Third-place finishers on the men's side included junior Blake Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) in the 400-hurdles (56.03) and pole vault (14' 7 1/2"); Okruch in the discus throw (139' 7"); junior Zac Erba (Warsaw, Ind./Winona Lake) in the hammer throw (152' 0"); and freshman Brendan Smyth (Antwerp, Belgium) in the triple jump (42' 11").

Junior Anna Taylor (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo) rounded out the third-place performers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:27.43).

The Fightin' Engineers host the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday night.