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GREENWOOD, IN – Manchester University will serve as host of the 2013 HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the school’s fifth straight HCAC men’s outdoor title last spring and will look for their sixth consecutive crown this weekend. The Engineers defeated second place Defiance 208 to 129 at Franklin College last April. The Hanover College women won their second consecutive conference championship last spring, edging second place Anderson by 33 points.
The Rose-Hulman men will look to replace the loss of 2012 Most Outstanding Track Athlete Sutton Coleman. Seniors Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) will look to lead the Engineers to a sixth consecutive outdoor title this weekend. Hannan currently boasts the HCAC’s top time in the 400-meters (49.34), while Stallings has the top mark in the 400-meter hurdles (53.37). Hannan and Stallings are each members of the RHIT 4-x-400-meter relay team that leads the conference with a time of 3:20.49.
Defiance College will try and dethrone the five-time defending champion Engineers this weekend. The Jackets look to be a formidable opponent in 2013, boasting a HCAC-best seven top marks in the top performance list this outdoor season. Senior Tom Postema (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) returns after earning the 2012 Most Outstanding Field Athlete award. Postema holds the top HCAC marks in the shot put (17.04 m), discus (53.30 m), and hammer throw (62.19 m) this season. Senior Hayden Krick (Antwerp, Ohio/H.S.) holds two top marks this outdoor season, leading the conference field in the steeplechase (9:50.02) and 10,000-meters (32:10.66).
The Hanover women’s track team will try for a third consecutive outdoor title this weekend at Manchester. Hanover has posted six top marks on the top performance list this spring. Sophomore Briahna Chambers (Bell, Texas/Ellison) holds the top marks in the 100 and 200-meters and is also a member of the top 4-x-100-meter relay team in the conference. Senior Lexi Vincz (Greenfield, Ind./Eastern Hancock) is also a member of the relay team and holds the top time in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.54). In the field, freshman Holli Leslie (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) leads the triple jump field (10.93 m), while senior Emily Boyd (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) holds the top mark in the hammer throw (46.15 m).
Rose-Hulman’s women have also posted six top marks this spring and will try and claim the school’s first outdoor track and field title. Senior Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) has the top leap in NCAA Division III history in the high jump (1.82 m) and has led the HCAC field in the long jump (5.44 m) as well. Senior Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville, Ind./Southmont) has posted the top mark in the 400-meter dash (59.03) this season and is also a member of the top HCAC 4-x-400 meter relay squad.
The event will be held on the campus of Manchester University beginning at 3:00 PM Friday afternoon and will continue Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
HCAC T&F Championship Video (courtesy of MU Sports Info)
Day 1 Recaps
WOMEN: Manchester Takes Early Lead at HCACs
NORTH MANCHESTER, IN – Fueled by a pair of distance race victories, Manchester University found itself in the top spot of the team race at the end of the first day of competition at the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday, April 25.
Sophomore Brianna Martinez got the ball rolling for the Spartans, opening an early lead in the 3000 meter steeplechase en route to the win in 11:45.84. Martinez’ teammate, senior Ashley Kopla, added eight points to MU’s team total with a second place finish. Senior Karla Madrigal followed her sophomore teammate’s blueprint and ran to an impressive win in the 10,0000 meters. Her time of 37:30.44 bested the field by better than 30 seconds.
The Spartans’ 57 points edged meet favorite and two-time defending champion Hanover College by two points at the close of Friday’s competition.
The Panthers positioned themselves for a strong Saturday presence with sprint standout Brianha Chambers topping the qualifying times in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.03 with her teammate Rachel Slade clocking a 26.6 for the second-fastest time in the 200. Slade was also one of three Hanover runners to qualify for the finals of the 400, while Rachel Smith led the qualifying times in the 800 (2:23.23). Hanover also picked up individual field event titles from Holli Leslie and Emily Boyd. Leslie claimed a thrilling triple jump final that saw her and Manchester University’s Bridgette Rowe, the defending champion, both jump 35 feet, eight and a half inches. Leslie earned the top spot by virtue of a longer second-best mark. Boyd rolled to the hammer throw win at 141 feet, three inches, defeating the field by eight feet.
Anderson stood third with 35 points, and Franklin, buoyed by Amanda Owens’ winning shot put throw of 40 feet, 11 and three quarters inches, was fourth with 26 points. Defiance and Rose-Hulman, who earned an event championship when Tonya Colonna cleared 11 feet and a quarter inch in the pole vault, were neck-and-neck in fifth and sixth with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
MEN: Defiance’s Postema Makes National News During Day One
NORTH MANCHESTER, IN – Defending champion Rose-Hulman and Defiance got out of the gates quickly at the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday, April 26.
The Fightin’ Engineers’ 53-point total was spotlighted by Collin Crowson’s win in the pole vault (14 feet, 11 and a half inches) and a third and fourth place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase. They also set themselves up well for a big second day, putting three individuals in the finals of the 200, 400, 800 and 110 meter high hurdles.
For the Yellow Jackets, the story of day one was centered around throws standout Tom Postema. He won the shot put in 51 feet, four and a quarter inches and then wowed the crowd at the hammer venue. He broke the meet record by better than five meters and also hit the B standard qualifying mark for the United States Olympic Trials with his moon shot toss of 215 feet, 10 inches.
Franklin and host Manchester University were separated by only two points (43-41) for third and fourth place. The Grizzlies received a strong effort from sprints and jumps star Georard Mitchell. He won the triple jump (44 feet, 10 and three-quarters inches) to lead four FC athletes placing in the top seven and also clocked a 11.07 in the 100 for the top qualifying effort and was third-fastest in the 200. Kris Sandolin also aided the Grizzlies’performance with a 32:44 flat time to win the 10,000. MU was guided by a runner-up leap in the pole vault from Kurt Monix and a pair of third-place finishes from Alex Lissade-Gardner in the triple jump and Clayton Harlan in the 10,000.
Competition resumes at MU’s track and field complex Saturday, April 27. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with running events starting at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 27
10:00 AM Discus (Men then Women)
Long Jump (Women then Men)
High Jump (Men then Women)
Javelin (Women then Men)
11:30 AM 400 Meter Relay Final (Women)
11:40 AM 400 Meter Relay Final (Men)
11:45 AM 1,500 Meter Final (Women)
12:00 PM 1,500 Meter Final (Men)
12:15 PM 100 Meter Hurdle Final (Women)
12:25 PM 110 Meter Hurdle Final (Men)
12:35 PM 400 Meter Final (Women)
12:40 PM 400 Meter Final (Men)
12:50 PM 100 Meter Final (Women)
12:55 PM 100 Meter Final (Men)
1:05 PM 800 Meter Final (Women)
1:15 PM 800 Meter Final (Men)
1:25 PM 400 Meter Hurdle Final (Women)
1:35 PM 400 Meter Hurdle Final (Men)
1:45 PM 200 Meter Final (Women)
1:50 PM 200 Meter Final (Men)
1:55 PM 5,000 Meter Final (Women)
2:20 PM 5,000 Meter Final (Men)
2:45 PM 1,600 Meter Relay Finals (Women then Men)
3:30 PM Awards Ceremony