NCAA D-III Outdoor Nationals Start Thursday

NCAA D-III Outdoor Nationals Start Thursday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has qualified three student-athletes into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, starting Thursday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Junior Josh Himes, junior Jaclyn Setina and sophomore Trey Sykes have qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships with top-20 Division III ranked performances in their events.  Setina and Sykes make their second appearance in an NCAA Track and Field National Championship, while Himes will make his first.

Sykes is ranked No. 6 nationally in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 48' 11".  Last spring, Sykes earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Nationals.  He is a two-time HCAC outdoor triple jump champion and is ranked No. 2 in school history in the event.  Sykes will compete on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the men's triple jump.

Himes stands No. 12 nationally in the discus with a toss of 165' 2".  He has won four individual HCAC title, including sweeping the discus and shot put titles at the 2017 Outdoor Championships to earn Field Athlete of the Year honors.  Himes ranks No. 2 in school history in both the shot put (52' 1 3/4") and the indoor weight throw (54' 7 1/4").  He will compete Thursday at 1 p.m. in the men's discus.

Setina is ranked No. 21 nationally in the high jump with a mark of 5' 6 1/2".  She has qualified for a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Nationals after placing 13th at the 2017 Indoor Championships.  She is a five-time HCAC champion, sweeping the indoor and outdoor high jump titles in 2016 and 2017.  Setina is also part of the school record 4-x-400 meter relay team.  She competes on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The Rose-Hulman track and field program has a tradition of success that includes 10 national championship performances and 51 All-American honors.  Under the direction of head coach Larry Cole, the men's squad has won 10 consecutive HCAC outdoor championships and seven straight indoor titles. The 2017 women's squad came home second outdoors and third indoors in the 2017 HCAC championships.