Rose-Hulman Track & Field Earns 17 All-HCAC Awards

746-hcac-in-champsTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed 17 individuals and 16 student-athletes on the 2012 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field team, including four major award winners, in results released today by the league office.

coleman-hcacThe awards come following a meet that featured Rose-Hulman winning its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Championship, and the women earning second place honors and missing the league title by one point.

Senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) was named HCAC Most Outstanding Men's Track Athlete for his efforts in the meet.  Coleman led the Fightin' Engineers with three individual event wins and one relay victory.  Coleman won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.17 seconds, the 200-meter dash in an HCAC record 22.44 seconds, and the 400-meters in an HCAC record 49.66 seconds.

clauser-hcacHead coach Larry Cole was named HCAC Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.  The honor marks Cole's seventh HCAC Coach of the Year award and the ninth overall in his coaching career.  Cole's coaching staff included assistant coaches Matthew Cole and Christy Sherman, along with volunteer assistant Adriene Wunderlich.

Junior Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) was named HCAC Most Outstanding Women's Track Athlete for her efforts to lead the women's running event performance.  Clauser earned individual wins in the 400- and 800-meter runs, then led off the winning 4-x-400 meter relay in the day's final event.  Clauser set a school record with a time of 1:00.00 in the 400-meters and recorded a time of 2:23.01 to win the 800.

evans-hcacJunior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) was named HCAC Most Outstanding Women's Field Athlete after winning three field events on Saturday.  Evans won the triple jump with a leap of 35' 3 3/4"; the high jump with an HCAC record 5' 8 3/4" effort; and the long jump with a leap of 17' 4 3/4".  She also finished second in the 60-meters in a time of 8.18 seconds.

All-conference honors were also garnered by those individuals who won conference championships on Saturday.  Men's all-conference performers included senior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis/Warren Central) in the 5,000-meter run (15:18.02) in the second fastest time in school history; junior Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) in the men's pole vault (15' 1"); sophomore Charles Phillips (Batavia, Ill.) in the 800-meters (1:58.96); and freshman Stuart West (La Porte) in the mile (4:20.52).

On the women's side, junior Tanya Colonna (Brecksville, Ohio) also earned all-conference honors after winning the pole vault with a leap of 9' 8".

Members of winning relay teams also captured all-conference honors, and the Fightin' Engineers swept both men's and both women's relay races on Saturday.  The men's 4-x-200 meter relay team included junior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark), junior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), sophomore Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral) and junior Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central) in a time of 1:31.67.

The 4-x-400 meter team of Austgen, Hannan, Stallings and Coleman wrapped up the meet with a winning time of 3:23.45.

The women's 4-x-200 meter relay team of junior Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/Covenant Christian), sophomore Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County), junior Abby Sowers (Delaware, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) and Clauser won with a school record time of 1:48.41.

The 4-x-400 team included Clauser, Sowers, freshman Jessica Waldren (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and Boxell in a winning time of 4:12.36.

In addition to the all-conference award winners, the league also named sportsmanship award winners for this season.  Rose-Hulman honorees included Sowers on the women's side and senior Steve Durham (Richmond) for the men's squad.