GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin College’s Heather Waterman (Shelbyville, Ind./Morristown) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) have been named 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Waterman led the Grizzlies to a third place finish at the meet, while Evans helped the Engineers place fifth at the meet held at Hanover College on April 29-30.
Waterman, a senior for the Grizzlies, won three events at the HCAC Championships. She won the 1,500-meter run in a conference record time of 4:35.75 and the 5,000-meter run in 18:21.79, while also finishing first in the 10,000-meters (39:36.85). Waterman was also named Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year following the 2009 and 2010 meet.
Evans, a sophomore on the Rose squad, claimed three first place finishes at the meet helping the Engineers to a fifth place finish. The sophomore won the high jump with a HCAC record leap of 1.71 meters and claimed first in the long jump (5.26 meters) and triple jump (10.5 meters).
Also receiving recognition for her efforts at the meet is Hanover’s Jane Burnell (Speedway, Ind./H.S.). The freshman earned the Freshman Athlete of the Year award after leading the Panthers to the schools first ever women’s Track and Field championship. Burnell won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 13.10 and 26.61.
Hanover’s Josh Payne was named the HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to the team title. Payne led HC to their first ever women’s track and field conference championship, garnering 142 points to hold off second place Defiance (125 points).
Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete: Heather Waterman, Franklin College
Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete: Liz Evans, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Most Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete: Jane Burnell, Hanover College
Coach of the Year: Josh Payne, Hanover College
All-HCAC (Event Winners)
Alex Friske, Fr., Anderson
Candace DeLong, Jr., Anderson
Emily Radke, Fr., Anderson
Megan Neal, Jr., Bluffton
Kim Bingley, Fr., Defiance
Natasha Norman, So., Earlham
Heather Waterman, Sr., Franklin
Jane Burnell, Fr., Hanover
Lexi Vincz, So., Hanover
Julie Miller, So., Hanover
Shawna McLetchie, Sr., Hanover
Jessica Bremer, Sr., Manchester
Emily Ballinger, Sr., Manchester
Liz Evans, So., Rose-Hulman
Gloria Boxell, So., Rose-Hulman
Erin Cox, Fr., Rose-Hulman
Abby Sowers, So., Rose-Hulman
Honorable Mention All-HCAC (Athlete must accumulate 16 points at HCAC Championships)
Kaitlin Switzer, Sr., Defiance
Kerri Kinker, So., Franklin
Brianne Steppe, So., Franklin
Amanda Owen, So., Franklin
Megan Miller, Sr., Manchester
Creasy Clauser, So., Rose-Hulman