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WAVERLY, Iowa -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Debie Gedeon placed 22nd in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Wartburg College on Friday afternoon.
Gedeon recorded a time of 15.43 seconds to finish 22nd nationally in the 100-meter hurdles in her first season of college and track and field. She set the Rose-Hulman school record earlier this season and became just the second female athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships. She was also just one of two freshman to qualify for the 100 hurdles in the NCAA Division III Women's Championships.
Gedeon is the second Fightin' Engineer to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships this weekend. Junior Andrew Okruch placed 15th in the discus throw with a mark of 151' 10" on Thursday.
Freshman Trey Sykes will also compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Central Time.
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.
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.