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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology qualified six student-athletes in four events for this week's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The effort marks the most Rose-Hulman student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships since nine Fightin' Engineers competed in the 1986 event.
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) enters with the top ranked women's high jump effort in the nation with a leap of 5' 8 1/2" at Ohio Wesleyan earlier this year.
Evans won the NCAA Division III indoor high jump national championship in February and twice claimed national runner-up honors last season. She will compete on Saturday at noon in the women's high jump finals.
Junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) qualified in two individual events for this week's championships. Coleman stands No. 6 nationally in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.69 seconds and ranks No. 12 in the 110-high hurdles with a time of 14.59 seconds.
Coleman has earned two career All-American honors, capturing sixth place in the 55-meter high hurdles at the 2011 Indoor National Championships and finishing eighth at the 2009 Outdoor Nationals in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He will compete in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. with finals set for 3:45 Saturday. His 110-meter hurdles preliminary will occur Friday at 6:30 with finals on Saturday at 2:15.
Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) holds the No. 11 qualification spot in the 1,500-meter run for his second career NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship qualification effort.
Bischak qualified for the 2011 Indoor National Championship in the mile run and ran a school record time of 3:50.76 at North Central last weekend to solidify his position in this spring's field. He was also the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Co-Track Athlete of the Year at the indoor conference championship meet. His preliminary competition occurs at 6:45 on Thursday, with finals set for 1:50 on Saturday.
The 4-x-400 meter relay team of sophomore Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and Coleman claimed the No. 16 spot for this week's championships.
The effort marks the first national relay qualification effort at Rose-Hulman since the 4-x-100 meter relay team qualified for the nationals in 1986.
The 4-x-400 relay team will attempt to qualify for the event finals at 8:55 on Thursday. The championship relay competition takes place at 5:15 on Saturday.