Two Special Awards Lead 31 All-HCAC Honorees

Two Special Awards Lead 31 All-HCAC Honorees

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned two special awards and 31 total student-athletes recived all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in track and field for their performances in the league Indoor Championships last weekend.

Freshman Trey Sykes was named the HCAC Men's Freshman of the Year after scoring the most points in the meet among all freshman competitors.  

Head coach Larry Cole was also named HCAC Men's Coach of the Year.  The honor marked Cole's 18th career conference Coach of the Year award and his 16th in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after leading the men's team to its ninth straight outdoor league title.  Members of the coaching staff included distance coach Geoff Wayton, throws coach Christy Sherman, and volunteer assistant Liz Evans.

Men's first-team all-conference honorees included individual track conference champions Trevin Grissom in the 400-meter hurdles (54.63 seconds), Matt Hill in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:41.08) and the 5,000-meter run (15:22.01), Brendon Mattiuz in the 800-meters (1:57.11) and Brandon Loyer in the 1,500-meter run (4:01.28).  

In field events, first-team all-conference men's honorees included Nathan Green in the pole vault (14' 9"); Josh Himes in the discus throw (155' 3"); Charles Spaeth in the shot put (50' 7 1/4"); Trey Sykes in the triple jump (45' 3 3/4"); and Ben Wewe in the javevlin throw (170' 6").

First-team all-league honorees were also represented by winning members of the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 meter relays.  The 4-x-100 team of Adam WilsonTyler DuffyIsaiah Smith and Josh Hennig won in a time of 42.75 seconds.  The 4-x-400 meter team of Brendan Smyth, Smith, Duffy and Hennig completed the event in 3:25.41.

On the women's side, first-team all-league award winners included Addie Johnson in the 400-meter dash (59.98) and 400-meter hurdles, Gabi Razma in the triple jump (36' 4") and Jaclyn Setina in the high jump (5' 0 1/2").

Second-team men's honorees included Andrew Okruch for placing second in the discus (151' 4") and the shot put (47' 2 1/2").  Josh Blome and Nick Palmer tied for second in the pole vault (14' 5 1/4"); Kenton Hipsher as runner-up in the high jump (6' 2"); and Dimitris Valioulis for second place in the 110-meter hurdles (15.66).

On the women's side, second-team all-league runner-up performers included Debie Gedeon in the 100-meter hurdles (14.70 seconds), Victoria Heckenlively in the 400-meter dash (1:00.49), Lauren London in the long jump (15' 9 1/2"); and Ava Paruleski in the high jump (4' 10 1/2").

Honorable mention all-HCAC performers are honored for finishing third in at least one event.  Men's honorable mention all-league honorees included Alton Anspaugh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:53.46) and the 5,000-meter run (15:33.37), Jacob Becker in the 10,000 meters (32:01.13) and Nic Keller for third in the hammer throw (146' 2") and Himes was third in the shot put (46' 10 3/4").

On the women's side, Lindsey Fagerberg was honorable mention all-HCAC after placing third in the triple jump (34' 2") and on the 4-x-400 meter relay team, and Kally Morozin was also honored for her 4-x-400 efforts.

Rose-Hulman will compete at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday.