Six Fightin' Engineers Headed to NCAA Nationals


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. 

746-Evans2Sophomore 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.

746-Coleman2Junior 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.

746-Bischak2Senior 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.

746-relay-recordThe 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.