Track & Field Claims Three Major HCAC Awards

VIDEO INTERVIEWS:  LARRY COLE / LIZ EVANS / TYLER HANNAN

hannan-indoor-mvpTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned three special awards and 23 student-athletes captured indoor track and field all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in results released by the league office. 

Senior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) was crowned as the HCAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year, senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) won the Women's Field Athlete of the Year award, and Larry Cole was named Men's Head Coach of the Year.

Hannan won the 200-meter dash (22.88), the 400-meter dash (50.41), helped the 4-x-200 meter relay team set a school record (1:30.92), and capped the meet with a role in the winning 4-x-400 meter relay team.

Evans set a school record in the long jump (17' 10 3/4") and established a conference record in the high jump (5' 9 1/4") for her victories.  She also placed second in the 60-meter dash and third in the triple jump.

evans-indoor-mvpCole received his 11th career conference Coach of the Year award and his ninth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Members of the coaching staff included sprints, jumps and hurdles coach Matthew Cole, throws coach Christy Sherman and student assistant Zack Howe.

Rose-Hulman claimed eight men's first-team all-HCAC awards.  Student-athletes earning individual league titles included Hannan in the 200 and 400; senior Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) in the pole vault (15' 5"); senior Jeremiah Edwards (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) in the 60-meter dash (6.99 seconds); sophomore Stuart West (La Porte) in the mile (4:20.31).

Four Rose-Hulman men earned first-team all-conference honors for their efforts on relay teams.  The winning 4-x-200 meter relay team included Hannan, junior Clay Becker (Gaylord, Mich./St. Mary Cathedral), sophomore Jake Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich.) and senior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain).  The 4-x-400 meter relay included Hannan, Kelley, Stallings and freshman Thomas McGuire (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central).

Rose-Hulman claimed seven women's first-team all-HCAC awards, including four individual conference title winners.  League champions included Evans in the long jump and high jump; senior Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) in the 400-meters (58.75), senior Tanya Colonna (Brecksville, Ohio) in the pole vault (10' 6") and junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La./Episcopal-Acadia) in the mile run (5:12.36).

Three women earned first-team all-league accolades for their effort on the 4-x-200 meter relay team.  The winning time of 1:47.90 was compiled by Clauser, senior Gloria Boxell (Zionsville/Covenant Christian), freshman Nicole Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge) and junior Erin Cox (West Harrison/Franklin County).

The men's squad also earned eight second-place all-conference awards.  Individual runner-ups in their events included junior Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo/Northwestern) in the shot put (46' 2 3/4"); junior Philip Koranteng (Sterling, Va./Dominion) in the 60-hurdles (8.51); senior Greg Larmore (Deerfield, Ill.) in the weight throw (55' 2 1/4"); and junior Andrew Thompson (Mundelin, Ill./Vernon Hills) in the mile run (4:21.23) provided scoring depth.

The men's distance medley relay team of freshman Brandon Bullitt (Lowell), sophomore Josh Hojnacki (La Porte), sophomore Ryan Meyer (Greenwood/Center Grove) and junior Robbie Mayhew (Terre Haute) rounded out the men's second-place efforts with a time of 10:44.15 for second-team all-league accolades.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with individuals competing at Anderson University next Saturday.