RHIT Tabbed by Coaches to Claim Tenth-Straight HCAC Men’s Outdoor Title

RHIT Tabbed by Coaches to Claim Tenth-Straight HCAC Men’s Outdoor Title

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman men's track and field team has been selected as the unanimous front runner to win the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received 100 total points and all ten first place votes. 

Anderson University will strive for its first title since 2007, as the Ravens totaled a second-best 87points.  Hanover College placed third in the poll with 77 points and Bluffton University finished fourth with 74 points.  Manchester University finished fifth with 59 points and was followed by Franklin College (49 points), Transylvania University (42), Defiance College (28), Earlham College (18), and Mount St. Joseph University (16).

Rose-Hulman has claimed the last nine HCAC outdoor championships and earned a seventh-straight indoor crown this past February.  The Engineers once again have a deep roster ready to make a run at another outdoor title. Rose-Hulman returns 12 First-Team All-HCAC selections from last year's outdoor track and field championships.  Sophomore Trey Sykes (Houston, Texas / Bay Area Christian) earned All-American honors last year, and also finished first in the triple jump and second in the long jump at last year's conference meet.  His efforts tabbed him as the Most Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete for the 2016 outdoor season. 

Anderson earned a second place finish at last year's outdoor championship meet and will try for their first conference track and field title since 2007 this spring.  The Ravens return senior Garrett Cooley (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) who was tabbed as the HCAC Men's Field Athelte of the Year for his efforts last spring. Cooley placed first in the long jump and high jump, and second in the 100-meters and second in the 200-meters at the championship meet last spring.  

Hanover finished third at last spring's HCAC outdoor meet and placed fourth at the indoor championships in February.  Junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn) will look to lead the Panthers this outdoor season. Rector placed second in the 5,000-meters and first in the 10,000-meters a year ago.  

The 2017 HCAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set for Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.  The event will be hosted by Anderson University.

The 2017 men's outdoor track and field season gets underway this weekend.

Athletes to Watch



Derek Mallory

Sr., Sprints

Indianapolis, Ind. / Ritter


Sebastian Baxter

Jr., Throws

Wayne, Ohio / Elmwood


Garrett Cooley

Sr., Sprints/Jumps

Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central


Jake Gehman

Sr., Distance

Aurora, Ill. / Christian



Stanley Williams

Fr., Jumps/Sprints

Sterling Heights, Mich. / Chippewa Valley


Jack Fisher

Sr., Distance

Norwalk, Ohio / St. Paul


Quincy Salcido

So., Distance

Van Wert, Ohio / Van Wert


Kyle Knezovich

Jr., Jumps

Utica, Ohio / Utica



Josh Petro

Jr., Throws

Ocala, Fla. / The Villages


Javier Castillo

So., Throws

Nogales, Ariz. / Nogales


Quenell Rutledge

Fr., Sprints

Deltona, Fla. / University


Devonte Cravin

Fr., Sprints

Ama, La. / Hahnville




Marcaus Cooper

Jr., Jumps

Palm Coast, Fla. / Mantanzas


Gabriel Penk

Sr., Distance

Portland, Ore. / Woodrow Wilson



Clayton Brumfield


Greenfield, Ind. / Eastern Hancock


Tyler Doty


Greenwood, Ind. / Whiteland


Reed Sauter


Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove


Matt Steinke


Monrovia, Ind. / Monrovia



Jacob Sofronko

Jr., Throws

Ridgeville, Ind. / Winchester


Kevin Scholz

Sr., Throws

Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills



Joe Rector

Jr., Distance

Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn


Samuel Pyle

Fr., Sprints

Goshen, Ky. / North Oldham


Zac Butler

Fr., Jumps

Clayton, Ind. / Cascade



Alex Gudeman

Sr., Distance

Rochester, Ind. / Rochester


Harrison Hollis

Jr., Sprints

Lebanon, Ind. / Lebanon


Drew Foster

Jr., Throws

Seymour, Ind. / Seymour


Mount St. Joseph

Chad Mason

So., Distance

Addyston, Ohio / Taylor


Tavon Robertson

So., Jumps/Sprints

Louisville, Ky. / Ballard


Sam Barth

Sr., Distance

Ft. Thomas, Ky. / Newport Central Catholic



Joshua Blome

Sr., Pole Vault

Casey, Ill. / Casey-Westfield


Brendon Mattiuz

Sr., Distance

Fishers, Ind. / Fishers


Andrew Okruch

Sr., Throws

Mt. Washington, Ky. / Bullitt East


Isaiah Smith

Sr., Sprints/Jumps

Shelbyville, Ind. / Shelbyville


Brendan Smyth

Sr., Jumps

Antwerp, Belgium / International


Adam Wilson

Sr., Sprints

Mecca, Ind. / Riverton-Park



Cole Green

Sr., Sprints

Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Oak Ridge



Malik Jackson

So., Jumps

Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek



Charlie Jordan

Fr., Distance

Cincinnati, Ohio / Mariemont