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 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Coleman helped the Engineers to their fifth-straight HCAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship, while Postema led the Yellow Jackets to a second place finish on April 28 at Franklin College.
Coleman, a senior for the Engineers, won the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the 2012 HCAC Championships. The Lebanon, Virginia native was also a member of the Engineer 4 X 400-meter relay team that captured first place at the meet. Coleman finishes his career with 14 individual or relay HCAC outdoor championships. He earned four conference titles each in the 110-hurdles, 400-hurdles and as the anchor leg of the team’s 4 X 400 meter relay.
Postema, a junior for the Jackets, won two field events at the championship. He had a winning mark of 54.68 meters in the hammer throw, while also claiming the title in the discus. The junior won the discus with a HCAC-record mark of 54.96 meters. Postema also placed second in the shot put with a heave of 15.26 meters.
Also receiving recognition for his efforts at the meet is Defiance freshman Reggie Neal (Deltona, Fla./H.S.), receiving the 2012 HCAC Outdoor Track & Field Freshman Athlete of the Year. Neal earned the conference title in the triple jump with a leap of 14.07 meters.
Rose-Hulman’s Larry Cole was named the HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Engineers to the school’s fifth-straight HCAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team title. Cole, in his ninth season as Rose-Hulman’s head coach, saw his squad garner 208 points to win the championship.
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