Men's Track & Field Wins DePauw Invitational


225MattiuzGREENCASTLE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on four event victories and 12 top-three finishes to win the men's competition at the DePauw University Invitational on Saturday.

The effort improved Rose-Hulman's record in men's team scoring to 41-2 this season, heading into next weekend's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Anderson University.  The Fightin' Engineers swept all three home meets and added a win at DePauw, while coming home second in multi-team meets at Illinois Wesleyan and Ohio Northern.

Rose-Hulman individuals won two running events and two field events to propel the team victory.  The Fightin' Engineers scored 165.5 team points to outdistance Cumberlands (124) and Franklin (87) for the team title.

Senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood/Center Grove) captured the mile run with a time of 4:25.17, and freshman Brendon Mattiuz (Fishers) won the 800-meters in a time of 1:58.43.

In field events, senior Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo/Northwestern) won the weight throw with a toss of 51' 9 3/4", and junior Austin Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) claimed top honors in the high jump with a leap of 6' 6".

Rose-Hulman's balanced effort also included four second-place finishes.  In running events, junior Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich.) came home as runner-up in the 400-meters in a time of 51.59 seconds. 

Field event second-place finishers included junior Zac Erba (Warsaw/Winona Lake) in the weight throw (49' 5 3/4"); freshman Andrew Okruch (Mount Washington, Ky./Bullitt East) in the shot put (47' 9 1/4"); and junior Blake Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) in the pole vault (14' 5 1/4").

Third-place finishers included junior Matthew Billingsley (Moline, Ill./Alleman) in the 800-meters (1:59.78); freshman Josh Blome (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) in the pole vault (13' 11 3/4"); Blake Schulthies in the 60-meter hurdles (8.57 seconds); and freshman Charles Spaeth (Hillsboro, Ill.) in the shot put (46' 10 1/4").

On the women's side, the 4-x-200 meter relay team led the effort with a fourth place finish in a time of 1:54.85.  Team members included freshman Christine Harper (Swayzee, Ind./Oak Hill), sophomore Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County), sophomore Sheldan Falls (Mecca/Riverton Parke) and sophomore Addie Johnson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central).

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the HCAC Championships next weekend at Anderson University.