Andrew Okruch Places 15th in NCAA Discus Throw

Andrew Okruch Places 15th in NCAA Discus Throw



WAVERLY, Iowa -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Andrew Okruch placed 15th in the discus throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Wartburg College on Thursday afternoon.

Okruch recorded a mark of 151' 10" to place 15th in a field of 20 competitors at Thursday's discus championships.  His top throw this season ranked No. 3 in Rose-Hulman school history and also earned the junior two-sport athlete all-Great Lakes Region honors.

Freshman Trey Sykes and freshman Debie Gedeon will also compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships later this weekend.

Sykes was named HCAC Freshman of the Year during the outdoor season after scoring the most points among all freshman competitors in the league championship meet.  He currently ranks fourth nationally in the men's triple jump with a leap of 48' 3 1/2" that ranks No. 2 in Rose-Hulman school history.  Sykes will compete in the triple jump beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central Time on Saturday.

Gedeon stands No. 20 nationally in the women's 100-meter hurdles after running a time of 14.46 seconds at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Invitational in April.  She becomes just the second female athlete in Rose-Hulman history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, joining five-time high jump national champion Liz Evans.  Gedeon competes in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Friday, with the finals scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

This year's national championship competitors look to continue a Rose-Hulman tradition of excellence in NCAA Track and Field.  Rose-Hulman student-athletes have combined for 91 All-American awards and 11 individual national championships overall, highlighted by 50 All-Americans and 10 individual national championships for the men's and women's track and field programs.