Men's Track & Field Wins Engineer Invitational



225 WmileactionTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team relied on five event victories and four second-place finishes to win the Engineer Invitational at the Sports & Recreation Center on Saturday.

Junior Austin Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) led the Fightin' Engineer performance with two event victories.  Schulthies won the long jump with a leap of 21' 4" and captured the high jump title by clearing 6' 1 1/4".

Junior Dimitrios Valioulis (Thessaloniki, Greece/Anatolia College) led a Rose-Hulman one-two finish in the triple jump with a winning leap of 41' 0 1/2.

Freshman Isaiah Smith (Shelbyville) captured the 60-meter high hurdles to lead another one-two finish with a time of 8.59 seconds.

The 4-x-200 meter team of freshman Adam Wilson (Mecca/Riverton Parke), Smith, senior Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral) and  junior Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich.) also earned first-place honors with a time of 1:33.18.

The runner-up finishes included freshman Levi Hartzler (Phoenix, Ariz./Temp Prep) in the triple jump (40' 8 1/4") and junior Blake Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) in the 60-meter hurdles (8.62).  Other men's runner-up finishers included freshman Charles Spaeth (Hillsboro, Ill.) in the shot put (47' 2 1/4") and senior Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo/Northwestern) in the weight throw.

The day's most competitive event was the women's mile, featuring three of the nation's top small college runners. Senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) set a school record with a time of 5:04.90, but was edged in a photo finish by Emily Frith of Bellarmine University.  Sarah Bradley of Millikin came home third in 5:07.65, with Lucy Cheadle of Washington University fourth in 5:08.82.

Individual third-place finishers for Rose-Hulman included freshman Joshua Blome (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) in the pole vault (14' 3 1/4"); senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood/Center Grove) in the mile (4:22.81); junior Zac Erba (Warsaw/Winona Lake) in the weight throw (49' 5"); Kelley in the 200-meter dash (23.16); freshman Brendon Mattiuz (Fishers) in the 800-meter run (1:59.88); and senior Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) in the 3,000-meter run (8:44.16).  The men's 4-x-400 meter relay team of Blake Schulthies, Smith, Mattiuz and Kelley also came home third in 3:29.76.

The Fightin' Engineers also honored 15 seniors prior to their final home meet on Saturday.  Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Ohio Northern University Invitational next weekend.