Men's Track & Field 2nd, Women 7th at DePauw Invite


746West SteepleGREENCASTLE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on 13 top-five performances to place second in the men's competition, while the women's squad recorded one school record at the DePauw University Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.

The men's squad captured two first-place performances to lead the second-place team score.  Junior Blake Schulthies (Dubois, Ind./Northeast Dubois) won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.86 seconds, while junior Stu West (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) captured top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:53.36).

Junior Austin Schulthies (Dubois, Ind./Northeast Dubois) provided depth to the team score with two second-place finishes and one third.  Schulthies was runner-up in the long jump (21' 9 1/2") and javelin (178' 8"), while coming home third in the high jump (6' 2 3/4").

Freshman Brendon Mattiuz (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) added a second place finish in the 800-meters (1:56.20), and junior Ryan Meyer (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) came home third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:01.06) to round seven top-three men's performances.

225Johnson EarlybirdOn the women's side, sophomore Addie Johnson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles in her first time running the event.  Johnson came home third overall in a time of 1:07.06.

Freshman Ava Paruleski (Shumway, Ill./Beecher City) pitched in with finishes of third and fourth in two field events.  Paruleski came home third in the high jump (4' 8 1/4") and was fourth in the triple jump (32' 7 3/4").

The men's effort also included three fourth-place finishes.  Performers included senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood/Center Grove) in the 1,500-meter run (4:04.05), freshman Brendan Smyth (Antwerp, Belgium/International School) in the triple jump (40' 9 3/4"), and freshman Charles Spaeth (Hillsboro, Ill./Hillsboro) in the shot put (47' 7").

Fifth-place finishers included freshman Isaiah Smith (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) in the 400-hurdles (57.24 seconds); junior Zac Erba (Warsaw, Ind./Winona Lake) in the hammer (148' 5"); and the 4-x-100 meter relay in a time of 43.67 seconds.

Sophomore Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) bolstered the women's score with a fifth-place in the javelin throw (102' 11").

Vincennes University won the men's team scoring with 147.5 points, followed by Rose-Hulman (108), Bethel (100.5) and Wabash (100.3).  The women finished seventh overall.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Indiana Division III Championships at DePauw University next weekend.