Cole, Himes Lead 25 T&F All-HCAC Awards

Cole, Himes Lead 25 T&F All-HCAC Awards

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned two special awards and 25 total student-athletes received all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in track and field for their performances in the league Outdoor Championships.

The men's squad easily won the league championship with 250.5 points.  The women's team placed third, behind only co-champions Hanover and Manchester.  In addition, the men's team remains fourth 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 20th career conference Coach of the Year award and his 18th in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after leading the men's team to its 10th straight outdoor league title.  Members of the coaching staff included distance coach Geoff Wayton, throws coach Christy Sherman, and volunteer assistant Liz Evans.

Junior Josh Himes was honored as HCAC Men's Field Athlete of the Year.  Himes claimed the discus throw title with the No. 10 ranked mark in NCAA Division III (162' 8") and the No. 4 ranked tally in Rose-Hulman history.  He also won the shot put (52' 1 3/4") with a mark that ranks No. 18 nationally and No. 2 in school history. 

First-team all-conference status is awarded to conference champions.  On the men's side, first-team all-league award winners were 

Men's first-team all-conference honorees were field event winners Eric Fiacable in the hammer throw (164' 1"); Himes with his two event wins; Trey Sykes in the triple jump (45' 10 3/4"); and Ben Wewe in the javelin (170' 1").  Track event first-team all-league honorees included Aaron Lannoy in the 800 meters (1:55.19); Isaiah Smith in the 400-hurdles (55.22), and the 4-x-400 meter relay of Brendan Smyth, Smith, John Evans and Josh Hennig in 3:21.88.

On the women's side, first-team all-league honorees included Camille Blaisdell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase time (11:37.16), Gabi Razma in the triple jump (36' 4") and Jaclyn Setina in the high jump (5' 4 1/4").

Second-team all-league award winners had a runner-up finish as their highest mark in the competition. On the men's side, second-team all-league honorees included  Alton Anspaugh in the 3,000-steeplechase (9:34.85), Matt Hill in the 5,000 (15:32.04), Andrew Okruch in the discus (150' 7") and shot put (47' 7 3/4"), Nick Palmer in the pole vault (14' 9"), and Lucas Schulthies in the 110-hurdles (15.89).

Women's second-team all-conference honorees included Debie Gedeon in the 100-hurdles (14.77), and 4-x-400 meter runners Victoria HeckenlivelyKristin East and Christine Harper who joined Razma to record a time of 4:09.59.

Honorable mention all-league awards were earned by those finishing third as their best mark of the competition.  Men's honorable mention honorees included Nic Keller in the discus (145' 5") and hammer (157' 3"), Nathan Green in the pole vault (14' 3 1/4") and David Shumate in the high jump (6' 0 3/4").  Anne Boxeth added a women's honorable mention award in the 800 meters (2:25.74).

In addition, Abby Hawkins and Evans received spots on the all-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for their efforts on and off the track.

Rose-Hulman will return to action at the Baldwin Wallace Dillard Twilight Meet on May 12 in Ohio.