DEFIANCE, Ohio —
The Rose-Hulman men’s track and field team won its seventh consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor championship with a deep team performance over the two-day meet at Defiance College.
Rose-Hulman scored 252.5 points to outdistance Franklin (118.5) and Manchester (99) in capturing the crown. The streak marks Rose-Hulman's longest streak of conference titles in the same sport since the men's track and field team accomplished the feat from 1979-89.
The championship tally included three first-place performances and nine runner-up efforts.
Men’s event winners included freshman Nathan Green in the pole vault (14-6 1/4); freshman Andrew Okruch in the shot put (48-10 3/4); and freshman Brendan Smyth in the triple jump (42-11).
The women's squad also featured two conference champions who each set new schooll records in their . Sophomore Addie Johnson recorded a time of 1:03.81 in the 400-meter hurdles; and senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery won the 5,000 meters in 18:04.27. Their efforts led a seventh-place finish in the team scoring.
The runner-up performances were led by three second-place finishes for senior Andy Hunkeler. He placed second in the shot put (48-2), discus throw (141-4) and hammer throw (153-3).
In other college track:
• Swift, Timlin post runner-up finishes — At Des Moines, Iowa, Indiana State senior Greggmar Swift and freshman David Timlin made great pushes for Drake Relays victories on the final day, but they had to settle for runner-up finishes in the Saturday portion of the meet.
Swift opened as the anchor of the shuttle hurdles relay squad that included sophomore Adarius Washington, sophomore Daley Carter and freshman Marcus Neely and they qualified into the finals with the fastest time of 57.24 seconds. They were not able to win the final, however, due to a disqualification. Swift came back to place second in the 110-meter hurdle final in a time of 13.89 seconds.
“The shuttle hurdle relay has always been an event that has captured my attention for the last 31 years,” ISU men’s coach John McNichols said. “We had another great team make the final this year. Unfortunately, we were disqualified. In the 110-meter hurdles, Greggmar had one of the most spectacular falls I had ever seen. He was running one of the greatest races of his life and as he hit the hurdle his momentum actually carried him into the finish for a second-place finish still. It showed track and field is definitely a contact sport.”
Timlin placed second in the 1,500-meter run final in a time of 3:45.81. He also anchored the sprint medley relay team of Carl McQuay, Arqeil Shaw and Kevin Piraino to a sixth-place finish in a time of 3:20.25.
On the women’s side, ISU sophomore Katie Wise suffered her first loss of the 2014 outdoor season in the 100 as she placed third overall in a time of 11.78. She ran a leg of the sixth place 4 x 100 relay team that included sophomore Demetra Camble, freshman Alethia Marrero and sophomore Chidera Obasih in a time of 45.31.
“I don’t know that we had one highlight event today, but we had a great weekend of competition to prepare us for the [Missouri Valley] conference championships in a few weeks,” ISU women’s coach Angela Martin said.
Indiana State senior Chris Fields had a busy day in the men’s throws. He placed seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 192 feet, 10 inches and he placed 15th in the discus with a throw of 166-11. Senior Mary Theisen placed 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 174-8.
Sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph placed 12th in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 12-3.5 1/2. Senior Max Tuttle led the way in the men’s 400 hurdles, placing 15th in 52.60, with junior Jonathan Jackson right behind him in 16th in 52.70.
Sophomore Taylor Head placed 16th in the 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 9:23.46 after a big finish pushed him past a few runners in the final stretch and senior Hanna Mercer clocked 11:14.45 for 20th overall.
The Sycamores will head to Indiana University next Saturday for the Bill Hayes Invitational.
Also competing Saturday in the Drake Relays was Rose-Hulman graduate Liz Evans, who placed 11th in the women’s high jump with a leap of 5-10 1/2.
• ISU splits, sets records — At Price Field, Indiana State sophomore Abbie Malchow finished Saturday 4 for 4 at the plate as Indiana State split with Drake on Senior Day.
In the process, the Sycamores broke school records in runs scored with 209 and runs batted in with 179 and their 25 wins is fourth most in program history.
In Game 1 Saturday, which Drake won 9-3, Malchow ended up 2 for 2 with a home run and an RBI and junior Megan Stone was 2 for 3 with a double.
In the second game, which ISU won 5-3, the Sycamores jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Kassie Brown drew a one-out walk before Crissman hit an RBI double to score Brown. Stone then drove in Crissman with an RBI double to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, junior Yvette Alvarez extended the Sycamores’ advantage to 3-0 when she crushed her second homer of the season over the left-center-field wall.
The Sycamores struck again in the bottom of the fifth when Crissman led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stone. Malchow then hit a line drive into the right-center-field gap for her first career triple to score Crissman. Senior Shelby Wilson then scored Malchow on a squeeze to make it 5-0.
Drake answered in the top of the sixth with a three-run home run but could get no closer as sophomore Taylor Lockwood pitched a seven-inning complete game. She allowed four hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts.
For the day, Malchow was 4 for 4 with a triple, homer, three RBIs and two runs scored and Stone was 3 for 5 with two doubles.
The rubber match of the three-game series will take place at noon today at Price Field in the final home game of the season for the Sycamores (25-24 overall, 7-15 MVC). Drake is now 16-29 and 8-12 respectively.
• Engineers split — At Rose-Hulman, the host Engineers finished their regular season with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conferences split Saturday, defeating Manchester 8-6 in Game 1 before falling 15-7 in six innings in Game 2.
The Engineers (18-14 overall, 10-6 HCAC) will now look to their first appearance in the HCAC tournament since 2008 as No. 3 seed Rose is set to take on No. 2 Bluffton at 10 a.m. Friday at Anderson, the top seed and host.
Rose-Hulman honored its two seniors, Allison Bowman and Jenna Martinek, in a special ceremony before Saturday’s doubleheader. Both produced well in their final contest at the RHIT Softball Complex.
Martinek finished the day with a 4-for-8 performance with three runs scored and Bowman blasted her first home run of the season over the left-field fence in Game 2. She added a single in the opener.
In Game 1, the Engineers overcame a 3-0 deficit in no time, as a Marissa Stout three-run homer tied the score at 3-all. It was Stout’s third home of the season and her third in the past four doubleheaders.
The Engineers went on to score runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, highlighted by another long ball when Game 1 starting pitcher Carly Heibel belted her fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth.
Heibel had a monster day at the plate, going 6 for 8 with three doubles (all in Game 2), a home run and six runs batted in. Stout wasn’t far behind as she went 5 for 7 with two homers and six RBIs of her own.
Heibel picked up her 11th win in the circle in Game 1, giving up 11 hits and four earned runs while striking out three and not giving up a walk.
Manchester (11-23, 7-9 HCAC) jumped out to another early lead in Game 2. The Spartans scored seven runs in the top of the first, six of them unearned. The Engineers were never able to tie the ballgame afterward, despite Stout’s second roundtripper of the day.
With the Game 1 victory, the Engineers secured their first winning season since 2008.
The HCAC championship game is set for next Saturday afternoon, depending on Friday’s results.
• Engineers sweep — At Lexington, Ky., Rose-Hulman completed a three-game series sweep of host Transylvania with 16-7 and 5-0 victories Saturday afternoon.
Rose clinched a winning season and needs just one more win in next weekend's three-game series at Defiance to secure a bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament May 8-10.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman scored four runs in the second, five in the fourth and five in the eighth to score 16 runs and pound out 18 hits. Junior Josh Hoeing slapped four hits, including a double, with three runs batted in and two runs scored to pace the offensive attack.
Sophomore Kody Alayon blasted a home run and a double with two runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Zach Trusk added three singles and scored three times.
Other key offensive contributors included senior Andrew Benitez with two singles, three RBIs and one run scored; sophomore Caleb Kissel with two singles and two RBIs; and sophomore Patrick Klima with two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore Karson Nixon tossed the first six innings to pick up the victory and junior John Krasich pitched three scoreless innings in relief to notch the save.
In the nightcap, sophomore pitcher Andrew Stull was the story, shutting out the Pioneers for 7 2/3 innings. He scattered six hits and allowed no runs with seven strikeouts to move to 3-4 for the season.
Senior Michael Bush and sophomore Alec McNally pitched the remainder of the eighth and ninth innings to secure the shutout for the Engineers.
Senior Hank Akard hammered a home run and had three RBIs, while Alayon had three hits and scored twice to lead the Game 2 offense. Benitez contributed two singles to the 11-hit performance.
Rose (21-13 overall, 14-8 HCAC) will travel to Washington (St. Louis) University for non-conference action Wednesday afternoon. Transylvania dropped to 16-20 and 10-11 respectively.
• Strength tested — At the Union Hospital CrossFit & Sports Performance Facility, 33 competitors pushed and pulled their way to awards during the Union Hospital Center for Fitness and Performance Bench/Squat/Deadlift Challenge on Saturday afternoon.
The meet’s “Overall Best Male Lifter” award went to Phil Doblestein. Competing at a bodyweight of 211 pounds, he lifted 385 pounds in the bench press, 565 pounds in the deadlift and 515 pounds in the squat.
(All weights in pounds)
Women’s weight-class champions
135-164.9 — Bench press: Jessica Atkins 120. Deadlift: Atkins 275.
165-204.9 — Bench press: Amy Slaven 135. Deadlift: Molly Martin 385. Squat: Martin 255.
Men’s weight-class champions
165-199.9 — Bench press: Austin Merritt 245.
200-230.9 — Bench press: Bryce Maloney 300. Deadlift: Maloney 545. Squat: Maloney 455.
164.9 and below — Bench press: Josh Belser 265. Deadlift: Mike Rennick 375. Squat: Rennick 275.
165-199.9 — Bench press: Michael Thompson 320. Deadlift: Jesse Wayne 500. Squat: Thompson 365.
200-230.9 — Bench press: Buddy White 420. Deadlift: Phil Dobelstein 565. Squat: White 520.
231-264.9 — Bench press: Tyler Chew 405. Deadlift: Taylor Pinnick 515. Squat: Pinnick 445.
265 and above — Bench press: Mitch Petty 450. Deadlift: Petty 605. Squat: Petty 605.
Overall Best Male Lifter — Phil Doblestein (211 pounds) did a 385 bench press, 565 deadlift and 515 squat.
• Winners shoot 55 — At the Country Club of Terre Haute, three teams shot 55 in the Soggy Donut tournament Friday.
Mike Roshel, George Amies, Ian Carson and Dayton Huebner were on the top team.
55s — Mike Roshel, George Amies, Ian Carson, Dayton Huebner (first place); Jim Winning, Brent Holts, Jeff Lewellyn, Rob Finzel; and Adam English, Emily English, Ryan Chattin, Justin Woodruff.
Closest to pin on 16 — Amies.
• More winners — At Idle Creek, the following are results form the Indiana State University ATO spring outing played Friday:
Gross — 1. Charlie Williams, Bob Sanders, Pete Thompson, Dick Vining.
Net — 1. Andy Jones, Tom Jones, Brian Bogard, Jason John; 2. Tom Smith, Tom Smith Jr., Brian Webster, Austin Skaggs, Keith Skaggs.
Closest to the pin — Rudy Cope on No. 3, Bob Sanders on No. 9, Jerry Stetchmiller No. 12 and Pete Thompson on No. 16. Long drives — Sanders on No. 15 and Brett Arnold on No. 18.
• Short wins pair — At Bloomington Speedway, Brady Short was a double winner in Friday’s racing.
Short won his heat and the feature for sprint cars. Other feature winnners wereTyler Cain in super stocks, Devin Gilpin in modifieds and Keegan Cox in hornets.
Heat winners — Brady Short, Casey Shuman, Carson Short.
Feature — B. Short, Shuman, Jordan Kinser, Nick Bilbee, Seth Parker, Dakota Jackson, Jeff Bland, Bub Cummings, C. Short, Kent Christian, Chris Babcock, Daylan Chambers, Brad Cummings, Danny Harris, Nick Johnson.
Heat winners — Devin Gilpin, Ryan Thomas, Roy Bruce Jr., Kent Robinson, Clayton Perry (B-main).
Feature — Gilpin, Thomas, Brandon Green, Bruce, Robinson, Josh Harris, Victor Lee, Jeff Curl, Brad Barrow, Chad Combs, David Mcwilliams, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Brian Shaw, Jake Humphrey, Rick Weekly.
Heat winners — Travis Howe, Jack Frye.
Feature — Tyler Cain, Travis Todd, Lee Hobbs, Steve Hollars, Marty Cooper, Mike Ham, Aaron Fields, Dewayne Gross, Frye, Josh McDaniel.
Heat winners — Felisha Deweese, Whitney Baldwin.
Feature — Keegan Cox, Luke Bland, Deweese, Matt Hamilton, Greg Garrison, Jo Matthews, Baldwin, James Lane, Michael Pruett, Tony Robinson.
• Hines posts win — At Lawrenceburg, Tracy Hines won the feature in U.S. Auto Club sprint-car racing Friday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Hines led the last six laps to win the 30-lap main. Bryan Clauson took second and Scotty Weir was third. Shane Cottle led laps 15 through 24 and took fourth.
A USAC-Midwest Sprint Car Series program was scheduled for Saturday at Tri-State Speedway and MSCS action is set for today at The Action Track.
Fast qualifier — Brady Bacon.
Heat winners — Bacon, C.J. Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Gary Taylor, Kevin Thomas Jr. (semi).
Feature — Tracy Hines, Bryan Clauson, Scotty Weir, Shane Cottle, Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, Thomas, Jerry Coons Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Leary, Aaron Farney, Justin Grant, Jarrett Andretti, Bacon, Chad Boespflug.