GREENWOOD, IN - The 2014 indoor track and field season is in full swing as all 10 conference schools have hit the track. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stands third in the Great Lakes Region rankings in results released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Rose played host to Earlham, Franklin, Hanover, and Mount St. Joseph at the RHIT Friday Night Indoor Invitational last Friday, while Anderson, Bluffton and Defiance were also in action.
Rose-Hulman won the meet and was followed by Hanover (3rd), Franklin (5th), Earlham (6th), and Mount St. Joseph (7th).
Rose-Hulman’s Austin Schulthies (Debois, Ind./Northeast Dubois) earned three top three finishes on Friday night. The junior won the long jump with a HCAC-best leap of 21’ ¾”, placed second in the high jump (6’ 3.25”), and earned a third place finish in the triple jump (40’ 0”).
Defiance hosted Anderson at the Defiance Invitational on Saturday. The host Jackets finished second at the meet, while the Ravens claimed a third place finish.
DC's Troy Parrett (Cedarville, Ohio/H.S.) won the 800-meter run with a HCAC-best time of 1:57.15.
Anderson’s Max Kittle (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee-Crown) won three events at the Defiance Invitational Saturday. The sophomore won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.30 seconds, marking the sixth best time in NCAA Division III and the top time in the HCAC this indoor season. Kittle also won the 200-meter dash with a HCAC-best time of 22.80 and was a member of the first place 1,600-meter relay team.
Bluffton was also in action at the Findlay Invitational over the weekend. Sophomore Josh Edens (Westerville, Ohio/Central) smashed his school record, challenging at the front of the pack throughout the race to finish fourth in a field of 23 (8:59.85). Edens was the first Division III competitor to cross the line.
This weekend's schedule showcases seven HCAC institutions. Mount St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman, and Transylvania will compete at the Rose-Hulman Indoor Invitational, while Anderson and Defiance will compete at Taylor. Manchester will be in action at IPFW and Bluffton will travel to Ohio Northern.
For the current HCAC men's track & field indoor performance list, click here