ADA, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied a strong performance in field events to record 16 top-five finishes at the 15-team Ohio Northern Invitational on Saturday.
The men's squad finished third of 15 teams in the meet with 97.5 points, behind Ohio Northern and Ohio Dominican and ahead of regionally ranked Otterbein. The women's squad came home seventh overall of 15 squads.
Junior Charles Spaeth earned the lone event victory for the Fightin' Engineers with a first place in the men's shot put (50' 8 1/4"). Five individuals recorded second-place finishes to bolster the team score.
On the men's side, three Fightin' Engineers placed as the runner-up in their events. Junior Josh Blome cleared 15' 0" in the pole vault, senior Dimitris Valioulis ran a 60-meter hurdles time of 8.67 seconds, and junior Brendan Smyth recorded a triple jump mark of 42' 0 3/4" to each finish second.
Rose-Hulman recorded three men's third-place finishes to bolster the team score. Sophomore Josh Himes placed third in the shot put (48' 0 3/4") and weight throw (52' 8"), and sophomore Josh Hennig was third in the triple jump (41' 2 1/2").
Women's third place finishers included senior Addie Johnson in the 400-meter dash (1:00.75) and the 4-x-200 meter relay squad with a mark of 1:48.70 that ranks third in school history. Relay team members included Lauren London, Victoria Heckenlively, Johnson and Razma.
One men's and one women's team member brought home fourth place finishes on the day. Eric Fiacable was fourth in the shot put (43' 5"), while London was fourth in the women's long jump (16' 3").
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the DePauw University Invitational on Feb. 13 in Greencastle.