DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology track and field squads combined for five event victories and three national caliber perfromances at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational on Saturday.
Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) (pictured above) led the Rose-Hulman performance by sweeping the 110- and 400-meter hurdle events in a meet featuring 15 NCAA Division III programs from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Coleman ran the second fastest time in school history in both events, highlighted by a mark of 52.69 seconds in the 400 to rank No. 3 nationally. His winning time in the 110-high hurdles was an impressive 14.63, behind only his performance at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Nationals.
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) (pictured) tied her own school record with the nation's best high jump mark of the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor season. Evans, the reigning Indoor national champion, cleared 5' 8 1/2" to top her previous best season mark by more than one inch and tie her previous school record.
Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) contributed his career-best time in the 1,500-meter run to outdistance the field. Bischak recorded a mark of 3:57.33 for the third-best time in Rose-Hulman history.
Junior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis/Warren Central) contributed a victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in another career-best performance. His time of 9:33.24 also stands third in Fightin' Engineer school history.
Sophomore Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) contributed a runner-up finish in the pole vault with a leap of 14' 6 1/4".
Other top finishers for the Engineers included a third-place for Evans in the women's long jump (16' 8 3/4"). Fourth-place finishers included sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester/George Rogers Clark) and in the 400 meters (49.97) and freshman Andrew Thompson (Mundelin, Ill./Vernon Hills) in the men's 1,500 meters (4:01.67).
Sophomore Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) pitched in with fifth-place finishes in the 400 hurdles (55.65 seconds) and in the triple jump (41' 9 3/4"). Sophomore Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) was also fifth in the women's 800 meters (2:20.69), and sophomore Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) placed fifth in the hammer throw (162' 2").
Other point scorers included freshman Charles Phillips (Batavia, Ill.) with a seventh in the 800-meter run (1:58.95), Stallings with a seventh in the long jump (20' 0 1/2"); sophomore Chris Good (Bloomington/Edgewood) with a seventh in the men's high jump (6' 2"); junior Zack Rowe (Lawrenceburg/East Central) with an eighth in the pole vault (12' 6 3/4"); junior P.J. Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) in the discus throw (134' 3"); and junior Aleks Kampa (Garden Grove, Calif.) with an eighth-place effort in the women's hammer throw (126' 8").
The Fightin' Engineers return to action at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Cook Stadium. The meet will feature 15 teams from five states.