GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central) and Franklin College’s Georard Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) have been named 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Bouagnon helped the Engineers to their fourth-straight HCAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship, while Mitchell led the Grizzlies to a second place finish on April 30 at Hanover College.
Bouagnon, a senior for the Engineers, won the 400-meter dash at the 2011 HCAC Championships. The senior claimed the title in a HCAC record time of 48.44 seconds. Bouagnon also earned a second place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.40 seconds. The St. Charles, Illinois native was also a member of the Engineer 4 X 100-meter and 4 X 400-meter relay teams that captured first place at the meet.
Mitchell, a sophomore for the Grizzlies, won two field events at the championship. He had a winning mark of 6.88 meters in the long jump, while also claiming the title in the triple jump. The sophomore won the triple jump with a mark of 13.71 meters.
Also receiving recognition for his efforts at the meet is Mount St. Joseph freshman Micquelle Burton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Deer Park), receiving the 2011 HCAC Track & Field Freshman Athlete of the Year. Burton earned third place finishes in the 400-meter dash (49.17) and high jump (1.83), while placing fifth overall in the 200-meter dash (22.91).
Rose-Hulman’s Larry Cole was named the HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Engineers to the school’s fourth-straight HCAC Men’s Track & Field team title. Cole, in his eighth season as Rose-Hulman’s head coach, saw his squad garner 226.5 points to win the championship.
Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete: Paul Bouagnon, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete: Georard Mitchell, Franklin College
Most Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete: Micquelle Burton, College of Mount St. Joseph
Coach of the Year: Larry Cole, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
All-HCAC (Event Winners)
Tony Johnson, Fr., Anderson
Kirk Saunders, So., Anderson
Leonard Wells, Jr., Anderson
Austin Trivett, Sr., Defiance
Chad Wertman, Sr., Earlham
Georard Mitchell, So., Franklin
Scott DeMoss, Sr., Hanover
Zeth Baker, So., Manchester
Eric Moreland, Jr., Manchester
Paul Bouagnon, Sr., Rose-Hulman
Derek Bischak, Sr., Rose-Hulman
Sutton Coleman, Jr., Rose-Hulman
Micah Aldrich, Jr., Rose-Hulman
Greg Larmore, So., Rose-Hulman
Jeremiah Edwards, Jr., Rose-Hulman
Michael Johnson, So., Rose-Hulman
Calvin Bueltel, Sr., Rose-Hulman
Tyler Hannan, So., Rose-Hulman
Brent Austgen, So., Rose-Hulman
Honorable Mention All-HCAC (Athlete must accumulate 16 points at HCAC Championships)
Micquelle Burton, Fr., Mount St. Joseph