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WAVERLY, Iowa -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Trey Sykes earned NCAA Division III All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump on Saturday at Wartburg College.
Sykes recorded a career-best mark of 48' 6" to place seventh in a field of 20 competing at the National Championships. He became the 51st All-American in the illustrious history of the Fightin' Engineer track and field and is the 95th All-American in Rose-Hulman history.
Sykes also became the first freshman to earn All-American honors at Rose-Hulman since swimmer Ellie Hong accomplished the feat in 2014. He is the college's first freshman All-American in track and field since eventual five-time NCAA National Champion Liz Evans accomplished the feat in 2010.
Sykes completes an outstanding freshman year that included HCAC Freshman of the Year honors after scoring the most points among all freshman competitors in the league championship meet. He won the conference triple jump (45' 3 3/4") and was the league runner-up in the long jump (20' 0 1/4") in 2015.
Rose-Hulman sent a total of three NCAA Division III national qualifiers to this year's outdoor championships. Andrew Okruch came home 15th nationally in the discus throw (151' 10"), while Debie Gedeon placed 22nd in the 100-meter hurdles (15.43 seconds).