Cole Coach of Year, Three 1st-Team Awards Lead HCAC Honors

746-all-hcac-indoorTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes combined for three first-team and nine second-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in indoor track and field, in results released today by the league office.

In addition, head coach Larry Cole received his 13th career conference Coach of the Year award and his 11th in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after leading the men's team to its fourth straight indoor league title.  Members of the coaching staff included distance coach Geoff Wayton, throws coach Christy Sherman, and volunteer assistants Liz Evans and Jake Isaacson.

Rose-Hulman has won six HCAC men's outdoor championships, four HCAC men's indoor titles and one HCAC women's indoor championship since Cole's arrival on campus 11 years ago.

First-team all-HCAC honorees for indoor track included two men's conference champions and one women's honoree. 

On the men's side, freshman Nathan Green (Columbus/North) won the pole vault with a leap of 14' 5 1/2", and freshman Andrew Okruch (Mount Washington, Ky./Bullitt East) earned top honors in the shot put with a throw of 50' 9 1/4" that ranks fourth in school history.

On the women's side, senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La./Episcopal Acadiana) won two distance events.  Montgomery claimed the mile with a time of 5:14.17 and won the 3,000-meter run with a conference record mark of 10:13.94.

The nine second-team honorees finished second in the two running events, three field events and one relay.  Running event second-place finishers included senior Nathan Catt (Greenwood/Center Grove) in the mile (4:21.80), senior Philip Koranteng (Sterling, Va./Dominion) with the second-best time in school history in the 60-hurdles (8.35), and the 4-x-200 meter relay team of freshman Adam Wilson (Mecca/Riverton Parke), freshman Isaiah Smith (Shelbyville), senior Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral) and senior Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich.).

Field event second-place finishers included senior Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo/Northwestern) in the weight throw (51' 5 3/4"), junior Blake Schulthies (Dubois/Northeast Dubois) in the pole vault (13' 11 3/4"), and freshman Charles Spaeth (Hillsboro, Ill.) in the shot put (48' 8 3/4").

In addition, the conference honored two student-athletes as members of the conference sportsmanship team.  Rose-Hulman honorees included sophomore Addie Johnson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) on the women's side, and men's senior Marcel Snijder (Claremont, Calif.).

Individuals from the Fightin' Engineers return to action on March 8 at the Wisconsin-Stevens Point Last Chance Meet.