GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman’s men’s track and field team has been selected as the unanimous front runner to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received 100 total points and all ten first place votes.
Franklin College will strive for the indoor title, as the Grizzlies totaled a second-best 85 points. Defiance College placed third in the poll with 77 points, while Anderson University and Manchester University finished fourth with 68 points. Hanover College finished sixth with 51 points and was followed by Bluffton University (38 points), College of Mount St. Joseph (29), Earlham College (21), and Transylvania University (13).
Rose-Hulman has claimed the first three HCAC indoor championships and will look for a fourth-straight this February at Anderson. The Engineers will look to replace last year’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete, losing Tyler Hannan to graduation. Junior Stuart West (La Porte, Ind./H.S.) set a new conference record at the championship meet last winter, winning the mile run with a time of 4:20.31. Senior Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) opened the indoor season with the third fastest time in NCAA Division III this indoor season, posting a 3,000-meter time of 8:35.33 at the Terre Haute Double Dual Friday evening.
Franklin College earned a second place finish at last year’s indoor championship meet and will try for their first indoor conference track and field title this winter. The Grizzlies will look to replace multi-event winner Georard Mitchell who graduated last spring. Senior Clay Warner (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) will look to take over Mitchell’s role after finishing second in the triple jump and third in the long jump last February.
Defiance College finished third at last winter’s HCAC indoor meet and will go for a title in 2014. The Yellow Jackets return All-HCAC selections Troy Parrett (Cedarville, Ohio/H.S.) and Joe Davis (Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario) to the track this winter. Parrett won the 800-meters with a time of 1:57.27, while Davis earned the 3,000 and 5,000-meter titles.
The 2014 HCAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for Saturday, February 22 at Anderson University
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