COLLEGE STATION, Texas —
• Rose men win — At the William Welch Track Complex. with three first-place finishes, the Rose-Hulman men’s team captured the 12-team Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet team title with 159 total points Friday.
The Engineers edged second-place Washington (St. Louis) (136 points). Greenville was third (127), Wabash placed fourth (97) and Illinois Wesleyan (65) was fifth.
On the women’s side, RHIT finished ninth in the 12-team field with 26.50 points. Illinois Wesleyan captured the women’s team title with 204.33 points, Washington was second (162.33) and Greenville (88.33) placed third.
Rose-Hulman freshman Charles Spaeth helped the Engineers sweep the men’s shot put event, as he won with a throw of 48 feet, 2 feet. Classmate Andrew Okruch placed second (46-5) and senior Andy Hunkeler was third (46-4.25) in the event.
Junior Stuart West held off teammate and runner-up Nathan Catt in the men’s 1,500 meters, as West finished with a time of 4:00.07 and Catt was clocked in at 4:00.87.
The RHIT men’s 4x400 relay team capped the evening with the Engineers’ third title, as the squad of Isaiah Smith, Tyler Duffy, Brendon Mattiuz and Blake Schulthies finished first with a time of 3:21.19.
Austin Schulthies earned the Engineers’ third second-place finish, as his throw of 167-8 earned him runner up in the men’s javelin.
Third-place finishes for the RHIT men included Hunkeler in the hammer throw (160-7), Blake Schulthies and Nathan Green in the pole vault (14-6), David Shumate and Vashon Solomon in the high jump (6-0), Charles Statler in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:33.09) and Blake Schulthies in the 110 hurdles (15.57).
Sophomore Addie Johnson highlighted the women’s performances with her second-place and school-record finish in the 400 hurdles, as she clocked in with a time of 1:06.52. Johnson’s time broke her previous school record set earlier this season by about a second.
Junior Anna Taylor took third in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 12:22.66 — a career best that ranks second in school history — and sophomore Lucinda Combs placed fourth in the women’s javelin with a throw of 107-11, which ranks fourth-best in RHIT program history.
Freshman Ava Paruleski ounded out the women’s top placers with her tied for fifth finish in the high jump, where she cleared 4-11 ∏.
The Engineers’ next stop is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor championships April 25-26 at Defiance, Ohio.