GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va./H.S.) and Defiance College’s Tom Postema (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) have been named 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Coleman helped the Engineers claim their second consecutive indoor title, while Postema led the Yellow Jackets to a second place finish on February 18 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Coleman, a senior for the Engineers, won three individual events and was a member of the first place 1,600-meter relay team at the 2012 HCAC Indoor Championships. The senior claimed the titles in the 200-meter (22.44) and 400-meter (49.66) dashes in meet record time, while also placing first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.17).
Postema, a junior for the Jackets, won two field events at the championship. He had a winning mark of 16.26 meters (HCAC Record) in the shot put and claimed the title in the weight throw with a heave of 19.02 meters (HCAC Record).
Also receiving recognition for his efforts at the meet is Manchester freshman Alex Gardner (Indianapolis, Ind.), receiving the 2012 HCAC Indoor Track & Field Freshman Athlete of the Year. Gardner placed third in the long jump with a leap of 6.55 meters and earned a second place finish in the triple jump (13.59 meters). The freshman also placed fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.18) to earn 18 points at the meet.
Rose-Hulman’s Larry Cole was named the HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Engineers to their second straight HCAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field team title. Cole, in his ninth season as Rose-Hulman’s head coach, saw his squad garner 262 points to win the championship.
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