February 21, 2012

RHIT’s Coleman, DC’s Postema Named HCAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year

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.

Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete:  Sutton Coleman, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete:  Tom Postema, Defiance College

Most Outstanding Male Freshman Athlete:  Alex Gardner, Manchester College

Coach of the Year:  Larry Cole, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

 

All-HCAC (Event Winners)

Tony Johnson, So., Anderson

Reggie Neal, Fr., Defiance

Tom Postema, Jr., Defiance

Georard Mitchell, Jr., Franklin

Eric Moreland, Sr., Manchester

Michael Stocker, So., Manchester

Kyle Davis, So., Manchester

Ryan Marshall, Jr., Manchester

Zeth Baker, Jr., Manchester

Sutton Coleman, Sr., Rose-Hulman

Charles Phillips, So., Rose-Hulman

Stuart West, Fr., Rose-Hulman

Micah Aldrich, Sr., Rose-Hulman

Collin Crowson, Jr., Rose-Hulman

Tyler Hannan, Jr., Rose-Hulman

Travis Stallings, Jr., Rose-Hulman

Clay Becker, So., Rose-Hulman

Brent Austgen, Jr., Rose-Hulman

Honorable Mention All-HCAC (Athlete must accumulate 16 points at HCAC Championships)

Dan Hardin-Wallace, Jr., Defiance

Alex Gardner, Fr., Manchester

All-Sportsmanship Team

Brad McNeil, Fr., Anderson

Andrew Chaffee, Sr., Bluffton

Jake Arnold, So., Defiance

L.V. Plummer, Sr., Earlham

Jon Miller, Sr., Franklin

Alex Moreland, So., Hanover

Eric Moreland, Sr., Manchester

Bryan Paugh, Sr., Mount St. Joseph

Steve Durham, Sr., Rose-Hulman

Daniel Ficker, Jr., Transylvania