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Eric Fiacable & Trey Sykes Place 4th, Earn All-American Honors at NCAAs

Eric Fiacable & Trey Sykes Place 4th, Earn All-American Honors at NCAAs

LA CROSSE, WIS. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology juniors Eric Fiacable and Trey Sykes earned All-American honors with fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Fiacable recorded a personal best mark by nine feet with a hammer throw toss of 195' 9" to finish fourth in the national championship.  He entered as the No. 15 seed after previously setting a school record of 186' 9" earlier this season and recorded the highest national placement for a Rose-Hulman thrower since Chris Trapp won the 1986 national championship in the javelin.  Fiacable was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Year after winning the outdoor hammer throw at the league championships.  

Sykes earned his third career All-American by finishing fourth in the triple jump at today's NCAA championship.  He came home fifth in the 2017 Outdoor National Championships and seventh in the 2016 Outdoor Championships as a freshman.  Sykes broke a 41-year old school record, held by four-time All-American Tony Allen, with a mark of 49' 7 3/4" to become a three-time All-American.  He is a three-time HCAC triple jump champion and was also a member of the winning 4-x-100 meter relay team at this year's conference outdoor meet. The mark was also an HCAC all-time record.

Other competitors at the NCAA Division III National Championships this weekend included senior women's high jumper Jaclyn Setina and senior discus thrower Josh Himes.

Setina cleared 5' 3 3/4" on her first attempt to finish 17th nationally in the women's high jump competition.  Himes recorded a top mark of 147' 4" to place 19th overall among NCAA Division III championship qualifying discus competitors.  

Setina capped a career that featured four appearances in the NCAA Division III high jump national championships.  She earned All-American honors by finishing 5th at the 2018 Indoor Championships after recording a pair of 13th place finishes in two 2017 appearances.  Setina is a nine-time HCAC event champion, highlighted by six conference high jump titles.  She ranks No. 2 in school history in the high jump both indoors (5' 6 1/4") and outdoors (5' 6 1/4").  

Himes placed 19th in the discus throw with a mark of 147' 4" on Thursday.  He made his second appearance at the NCAA Division III National Championships after finishing 12th in the discus in 2017.  Himes won six career HCAC event championships, including the 2018 outdoor discus and indoor shot put titles.  

Rose-Hulman's four competitors built upon the program's tradition of track and field success.  The Fightin' Engineers have recorded totals of 55 All-American awards, 10 NCAA Division III event national championships, and 8 NCAA Division III event national runners-up in the history of the program.  Rose-Hulman's overall athletic program has now tallied 102 All-American awards in its history.