Sutton Coleman Earns Two All-American Honors at NCAAs

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coleman-awardDELAWARE, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) became the first Fightin' Engineer in school history to earn two track and field All-American honors in the same NCAA Division III National Championship meet on Saturday.

Coleman finished fourth nationally in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.93 seconds, after placing eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.79 seconds at Ohio Wesleyan.

Coleman has recorded four All-American honors in his Rose-Hulman track and field career.  His finishes include fourth in the outdoor 400-intermediate hurdles (2011), sixth in the indoor 55-meter hurdles in 2011, eighth in the 110-hurdles (2011) and eighth in the outdoor 400-hurdles (2009).

Andrew Schipper holds Rose-Hulman's career record for All-American honors with six, and Coleman joins a group of five Engineers with four All-American awards.  Honorees include Tony Allen ('78), Ryan Loftus ('98), Phil Reksel ('00), sophomore high jumper Liz Evans and Coleman.

The mechanical engineering major qualified for the 110-meter high hurdles with a school record time of 14.55 seconds on Friday, after placing second in the 400-intermediate hurdles trials on Thursday (52.08 seconds).

Other Rose-Hulman competitors included sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox), who captured her second NCAA Division III high jump national title earlier on Saturday (SEE RELATED STORY).

Senior Derek Bischak (Angola) finished 15th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:58.40 in his second national championship appearance on Thursday.  Bischak placed 11th nationally in the indoor mile run this season and was the HCAC Co-Most Valuable Track Athlete for the league title indoor team in February.

(photos by Linda Striggo)

The 4-x-400 meter relay team of senior Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), sophomore Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark), sophomore Brent Austgen (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central) and Coleman finished 15th in the preliminaries with a time of 3:17.32.

The 4-x-400 meter relay marked the first national qualification relay team at Rose-Hulman since the 4-x-100 squad qualified for the NCAA meet in 1986.

The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history includes 42 All-American awards, seven individual national championships and seven national runner-up efforts after Evans performance on Saturday.