Rose-Hulman Selected to Win HCAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Title

Rose-Hulman Selected to Win HCAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Title

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman men's track and field team has been selected as the unanimous front runner to win the 2018 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 87 points.  Hanover College placed third in the poll with 80 points and Manchester University finished fourth with 73 points.  Bluffton University finished fifth with 56 points and was followed by Defiance College (49 points), Franklin College (38), Earlham College (37), Transylvania University (19), and Mount St. Joseph University (10).

Rose-Hulman has claimed the last 10 HCAC outdoor championships and earned an eighth-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 multiple 1st-Team All-HCAC selections from last year's outdoor track and field championships. Leading the way for the Fightin' Engineers is senior Josh Himes (McCordsville, Ind. / Heritage Christian) who is the reigning HCAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Himes placed first in the shot put and discus throw at last year's championships.

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 placed first in the long jump and high jump at last spring's championship. Anderson's roster also includes freshman Toluwani Adebakin (Lagos, / Nigeria) who claimed HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in February for his efforts.  

Hanover finished fourth at last spring's HCAC outdoor meet and placed third at the indoor championships in February. The Panthers return two 2nd-Team All-HCAC selections from last year's squad with sophomore Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind. / Southwestern) and senior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn).

The 2018 HCAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  The event will be hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The 2018 men's outdoor track and field season gets underway this weekend.

Athletes to Watch


Calen Bruner

Sr., Distance

Greenville, Ohio / Greenville


Toluwani Adebakin

Fr., Sprints

Lagos, Nigeria


Garrett Cooley

Sr., Sprints/Jumps

Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central


Malik Davis

Sr., Sprints

Indianpolis, Ind. / Cardinal Ritter


Ian Leatherman

So., Distance

Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern



Gabe Makin

Fr., Pole Vault

Elida, Ohio / Elida


Kyle Knezovich

Sr., Hurdles/Jumps

Utica, Ohio / Utica


Dakota Frost

So., Distance

Hicksville, Ohio / Edgerton


Kris Lyons

Sr., Distance

Margaretta, Ohio / Vickery



Josh Petro

Sr., Throws

Ocala, Fla. / The Villages


Vince Jackson

Fr., Jumps

Mason, Ohio / Mason


Javier Castillo

Jr., Throws

Nogales, Ariz. / Nogales


Gabriel Caris

Fr., Sprints

Lambertville, Mich. / Bedford



Nate Papachristos

Fr., Distance

North Plainfield, N.J. / Union Catholic


Emanuel Faria

Fr., Distance

Atlanta, Ga. / Druid Hills


Noah Scherf

Fr., Distance

Michigan City, Ind. / Michigan City



Nathan Adams

Sr., Throws

Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis


Reed Sauter

So., Distance

Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove


Clayton Brumfield

So., Distance

Greenfield, Ind. / Eastern Hancock


Matt Steinke

So., Hurdles

Mooresville, Ind. / Monrovia


Nick Uhl

Sr., Throws/Sprints

Greenville, Ind. / Floyd Central



Hayden Veach

So., Distance

Shelbyville, Ind. / Southwestern


Jacob Hedrick

Jr., Distance

Henryville, Ind. / Henryville


Joe Rector

Sr., Distance

Aurora, Ind. / South Dearborn


Jacob Sofronko

Sr., Throws

Ridgeville, Ind. / Winchester


Darrell Payne

Jr., Sprints

Indianapolis, Ind. / Arsenal Tech

Manchester Austin Coughlin Jr., Sprints Fairland, Ind. / Triton Central  
  Harrison Hollis Jr., Sprints Lebanon, Ind. / Lebanon  
  Travis Murr Fr., Sprints Franklin, Ind. / Franklin  
  Austin Roberts Fr., Jumps Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central  

Mount St. Joseph

Chad Mason

Jr., Distance

Addyston, Ohio / Taylor


Tre'on Taylor

So., Sprints

Orlando, Fla. / Winter Park


De'Andro Atmodimedjo

Fr., Jumps

Coral Springs, Fla. / Coral Glades



Alton Anspaugh

Sr., Distance

Shelbyville, Ind. / Shelbyville


Trey Sykes

Jr., Jumps

Houston, Tex. / Bay Area Christian


Josh Hennig

Sr., Sprints

Springfield, Ill. / Luthern


Matt Hill

Sr., Distance

Connersville, Ind. / Connersville


Josh Himes

Sr., Throws

McCordsville, Ind. / Heritage Christian



Graham Smith

Jr., Throws

Nicholasville, Ky. / Lexington Christian



Branden Brookfield

So., Jumps

Versailles, Ky. / Woodford Co.



Nathan McCullough

Jr., Jumps

Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette