DEFIANCE OH – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s track and field team held off Franklin College at the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships held at Defiance College on April 25-26. The Engineers scored 252.5 points in the 20 events to hold off Franklin’s 118.5 point effort to claim the school’s seventh straight HCAC men’s outdoor track title.
The Rose-Hulman men had three event winners. Freshman Nathan Green (Columbus, Ind./North) claimed the title in the pole vault with a mark of 4.43 meters. Freshman Brendan Smyth (Antwerp, Belgium/International School) won the triple jump with a leap of 13.08 meters. Freshman Andrew Okruch (Mt. Washington, Ky./Bullitt East) completed the first-place efforts for the Engineers with a winning mark of 14.90 meters in the shot put.
Two men's conference records were broken at the 2014 championships. Defiance’s Troy Parrett (Cedarville, Ohio/H.S.) earned the mark in 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.34, while Anderson’s Max Kittle (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee-Crown) set a new conference record in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 52.51.
Franklin finished second in the men’s team standings with 118.5 points with Manchester placing third with 99 points. Anderson finished fourth with 81 points and was followed by Defiance (66.5 points), Bluffton (60.5), Hanover (43), Mount St. Joseph (24), Earlham (21), and Transylvania (14).