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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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