Men's Track and Field Team Ranked No. 24 Nationally

R LogoTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team has been ranked No. 24 in both national polls released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today.

The Fightin' Engineers are No. 24 in both the NCAA Division III National Team Rankings and Team Dual Meet Rankings this week.

The National Team Rankings use a formula assigning points for nationally ranked marks for events contested in the upcoming championships.  The Team Dual Meet Rankings rely on a criteria that evaluates the top two performances in each event that is conducted at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Outdoor National Championships and assigns a numerical value based upon the quality of the mark.

The men's track and field team will compete for its fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship this weekend at Hanover.  The women's squad will look to duplicate its team title from the 2011 Indoor Championships.

Two individuals and one relay team have contributed marks that rank in the top 30 nationally to contribute to the team score.  Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) has recorded marks of No. 4 in the 400-meter hurdles (52.69), No. 6 in the 110-hurdles (14.63) and No. 10 in the 400-meter dash (48.33).

The 4-x-400 meter relay team of sophomore Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and Coleman added the No. 9 ranked time nationally with a mark of 3:17.50 at Cook Stadium earlier this month.

Sophomore Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) ranks No. 29 nationally in the men's pole vault with a leap of 15' 5".

On the women's side, sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) continues to lead NCAA Division III high jumpers with a leap of 5' 8 1/2" at Ohio Wesleyan.  Evans won the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship this winter.