TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned one special award and 26 total student-athletes recived all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in track and field for their performances in the league Indoor Championships last weekend.
The men's squad easily won the league championship with 247.5 points. The women's team placed second, just four points behind conference champion Hanover (130 points). In addition, the men's team moved up to third in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region, according to rankings released Tuesday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Head coach Larry Cole was honored as HCAC Men's Coach of the Year. The honor marked Cole's 19th career conference Coach of the Year award and his 17th in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after leading the men's team to its seventh straight indoor 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 Josh Hennig in the 400 meters (49.94); Aaron Lannoy in the 800 meters (1:59.74); Matt Hill in the 5,000 meters (15:27.70); Brendan Smyth in the triple jump (43' 8"); and Josh Himes in the shot put (50' 11 1/2"). The men's 4-x-200 meter relay team of Adam Wilson, Isaiah Smith, David Borden joined Hennig on the first-team all-league squad with a league and school record time of 1:30.35. Smyth, Smith, Borden and Hennig also combined to win the 4-x-400 meter relay to cap the championship performance.
On the women's side, first-team all-conference honorees included Lauren London with a conference and school record in the long jump (17' 11"); Jaclyn Setina in the high jump (5' 4 1/4"); Gabi Razma in the triple jump (36' 5 3/4"); and the 4-x-200 meter relay team of London, Razma, Victoria Heckenlively and Christine Harper with a mark of 1:49.75.
The men's second-team all-conference performers included those runner-up performers who were not on the first-team all-squad.
Men's second-team all-league honorees included Alton Anspaugh in the 5,000 meters (15:28.82); Andrew Okruch in the shot put (50' 6 3/4"); Nick Palmer in the pole vault (15' 5"); David Shumate in the high jump (6' 2 3/4"); and the distance medley relay team of Robert Myers, John Evans, Lannoy and Chandler Harkins in 10:51.12.
Women's second-team all-league performers included Camille Blaisdell in the 5,000 meters (18:55.85); Debie Gedeon in the 60-meter hurdles (9.44); the 4-x-400 meter relay team of with Kristin East (4:13.59); and the distance medley relay of Anne Boxeth, Megan Phillips, Abby Hawkins and Jessica Wells in 13:29.82.
Honorable mention all-HCAC performers finished third in an event without being named to the first two all-league teams. Men's honorable mention all-league honorees included Josh Blome, Walt Dearing, Tyler McCormick, Kennedy Schnieders, Matthew Stevenot and Kevin Wuest. On the women's side, Kally Morozin was named honorable mention all-league.
In addition, Harper and Smith received spots on the all-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for their efforts on and off the track.
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships will take place at Anderson University in late April.