16 Track and Field Standouts Earn All-HCAC Honors

746-outdoor-teamTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed 16 individuals on the 2011 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field team, including seven major award winners, in results released today by the league office.

Bouagnon1The awards come following a meet that featured Rose-Hulman winning its fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Championship, matching the longest consecutive league title streak in a sport at the college since men's track and field accomplished the feat in 1986-89.

Senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central) was named HCAC Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete award.  Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) claimed the HCAC Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete honor.  Head coach Larry Cole was also named HCAC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Bouagnon set a conference record performance in the 400-meter dash, helped the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 meter relay teams sweep title honors, and finished second in the 200-meters.  Bouagnon provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships with his 400 time of 48.44 seconds that ranks fourth in school history.  His 200-meter effort was 22.40 seconds.

EvansEvans  dominated three individual events and helped the 4-x-100 meter relay team capture top honors to highlight the women's effort.

Evans established conference records in the high jump (5' 7 1/4") and the long jump (17' 3 1/4") with a performance that also set a Rose-Hulman school record.  She added the triple jump title with a leap of 34' 5 1/2" that ranked second in school history.  Her high jump mark also reached the NCAA Division III automatic qualification standard for the second time this season.

Cole claimed his fourth straight HCAC Outdoor Coach of the Year award after leading the team to a conference championship.  Assistant coaches included Matthew Cole (jumps and hurdles), Christy Sherman (throwing events) and Adriane Wunderlich (distance events).

Nine additional men's track and field standouts were named all-conference after winning events.  Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) led the individual effort with two conference titles and one runner-up mark.  Coleman won the 110-hurdles in 15.12 seconds and the 400-hurdles in 53.57.  He also placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 44' 4 1/4".

The Engineers also swept the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 meter relay events in a strong sprinting performance.  The team of junior Jeremiah Edwards (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central), Bouagnon, sophomore Michael Johnson (Indianapolis/Franklin Central) and graduate student Calvin Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge) won the 4-x-100 in a season best time of 42.93.

The 4-x-400 meter team of Coleman, sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark), sophomore Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central) and Bouagnon capped the meet with a time of 3:21.51.

Junior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis/Warren Central) added a win in the 3,000-steeplechase with a time of 9:21.23 that reached NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship qualification and also marked a school record by eight seconds.

Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) rounded out the running event winners with a career best mark of 3:56.78 in the 1,500-meter run that ranks second in school history and also set a new conference record.

Sophomore Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) added the final victory in the hammer throw with the fifth-best mark in Rose-Hulman history (167' 6").

The women's 4-x-100 meter relay team of sophomore Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/Covenant Christian), freshman Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County), sophomore Abby Sowers (Delaware, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) and Evans also claimed all-league honors after setting a school record in their winning performance.

Sophomore Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) rounded out the honorees from the conference office by earning honorable mention all-league accolades.  Her 16-point effort included runner-up finishes in the 400- and 800-meter running events.