Five Fightin' Engineers Headed to Track & Field Nationals


TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Five Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships to be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse later this week.

Senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) enters as the top qualifier in the women's high jump with a leap of 6' 0".  Evans has won four NCAA Division III national championships and enters the meet tied for Rose-Hulman's all-time record with seven All-American awards.

Four men's track and field standouts will join Evans at the NCAA Division III Nationals.  In running events, senior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) qualified 15th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.95 seconds at Louisville that ranks second in school history.  Senior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) added a 19th place qualification in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.30 seconds at North Central that also ranks second in program history.

In field events, seniors Trey Cahill (Auburn/DeKalb) and Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) each qualified 18th nationally in their event.  Cahill recorded a school record hammer throw effort of 185' 9" at Franklin, while Crowson cleared 15' 9 3/4" at Ohio Wesleyan University on Monday.

Stallings and Crowson will begin their competitions on Thursday.  Stallings compete in the 400-hurdles preliminaries at 5:25 p.m. (CT), while Crowson will start the men's pole vault finals at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, Cahill, Evans and Hannan take the competition stage.  The hammer throw finals for Cahill are scheduled for 2:05 p.m., the women's high jump is set for 2:15 p.m. and the 400-meter dash takes place at 6:10.

The 400-meter dash finals are scheduled for 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, with the 400-meter hurdles finals taking place at 4:55 p.m.

The five Rose-Hulman athletes qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Nationals are the most since six individuals qualified for the 2011 Indoor National Championships.