HANOVER, IND. -- The
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team won
its fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
title in convincing fashion at Hanover on Friday and
The victory marks the first
Rose-Hulman athletic team to win four consecutive conference
championships since the track and field teams accomplished the feat
Rose-Hulman scored 226.5 points to
outdistance second-place Franklin College by 103.5 points.
The women's squad recorded a fifth-place team finish.
The men's squad combined for eight first-place finishes and
16 top-three efforts. The women's squad pitched in with four
first-place finishes and nine top-threes.
"Winning the HCAC championship for a fourth consecutive year
takes a total team effort. We scored in every individual
event and every relay, with multiple scorers in several
events. This is a credit to our team depth and the leadership
of a talented senior class that graduates with conference
championships during every year of their career," said head coach
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".
Senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington
Central) added a victory with a conference record
performance in the 400-meter dash, along with a runner-up
performance in the 200. 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.
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
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
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
Sophomore Greg Larmore (Deerfield,
Ill.) added the final victory in the hammer throw with the
fifth-best mark in Rose-Hulman history (167' 6").
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North
Knox) dominated three individual events and helped
the 4-x-100 meter relay team capture top honors to highlight the
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.
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 added a school
record time of 50.47 for the day's final victory.
Runner-up performances included sophomore
Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) with a pole
vault mark of 15' 1" that tied the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference record; Coleman in the triple jump (44' 4 1/4"),
Bouagnon in the 200-meter dash (22.40), Aldrich in the 1,500 meters
(4:01.03), and senior Tyler Kreipke
(Zionsville) in the 5,000-meter run (15:36.46).
Sophomore Creasy Clauser
(Crawfordsville/Southmont) paced the women's performance
with two second-place finishes. Cluaser came home second in
the 400 (1:00.14) and 800 (2:21.82) runs, with Cox adding a second
in the 100-meter dash (13.44).
Third-place finishers for the men's squad
included freshman Charles Phillips (Batavia, Ill.)
in the 800-meters (2:01.13), Kreipke in the 1,500 (4:01.04),
and freshman Philip Koranteng (Sterling,
Va./Dominion) in the 110-hurdles (15.98).
On the women's side, sophomore Tanya Colonna (Brecksville,
Ohio) contributed a third place finish in the pole vault
with a leap of 10' 0". The 4-x-400 relay team of Cox, Boxell,
freshman Katherine Moravec (Seymour) and Clauser
added another third place in a school record time of
Freshman Andrew Thompson (Mundelein,
Ill./Vernon Hills) came home fourth in both the 800
(2:01.13) and 1,500 (4:03.35) events. Other fourth-place
finishers included sophomore
Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) in
the triple jump (42' 5 3/4"), freshman Andy Hunkeler
(Kokomo/Northwestern) in the shot put (43' 3 3/4"),
sophomore Chris Good (Bloominton/Edgewood) in the
high jump (5' 10"), Larmore was fourth in the
discus (135' 7").
Junior Aleks Kampa (Garden Grove,
Calif./Orange County Lutheran) also had a fourth place for
the women with a hammer throw toss of 126' 3".
Boxell led the fifth-place finishers with a
school record performance in the 110-hurdles in a time of
Rose-Hulman returns to action with selected
individuals competing at the Billy Hayes Invitational at Indiana
University on Friday.