TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s track and field team captured its second-straight team championship of the 2014 season with Saturday’s victory at the 12-team Hanover College Invitational.
The Fightin’ Engineers men placed first with 143 points to top second-place Huntington (111 points) and third-place Franklin College (82 points).
The RHIT women’s track and field squad placed ninth Saturday, led by a second-place finish by sophomore Addie Johnson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) in the 400 meters (1:01.47).
The men’s team won four events, as senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) was first in the 800 (2:01.45), junior Stuart West (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) was first in the 1,500 (4:08.37) and Alex Leversen (Carmel, Ind./Westfield) took first in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:23.47).
The RHIT 4x400 relay team of Isaiah Smith (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville), Blake Schulthies (Dubois, Ind./Northeast Dubois), Tyler Duffy (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh) also crossed the finish line first, winning the event in a time of 3:25.57.
Six second place finishes by the men’s team included Kelley in the 200 (22.50); Matthew Billingsley (Moline, Ill./Alleman) in the 800 (2:01.58), Kevin Mauser (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler) in the 1,500 (4:09.07); Dimitrios Valioulis (Thessaloniki, Greece/Anatolia College) in the 110 hurdles (16.75), Charles Spaeth (Hillsboro, Ill./Hillsboro) in the shot put (46 feet, 9 inches), and Austin Schulthies (Dubois, Ind./Northeast Dubois) in the discus (140-3).
In third place, Kyle Smolarek (Macomb, Mich./L’Anse Creuse North) in the 5,000 (15:54.22), Andrew Okruch (Mt. Washington, Ky./Bullitt East) in the shot put (45-3 ½) and Spaeth in the discus (132-5) rounded out the men’s top finishers.
On the women’s side, junior Anna Taylor (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo) placed third in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 12:35.09.
The RHIT men’s and women’s track and field teams return to competition when they travel to the DePauw Invitational April 5, which is slated to begin at noon.