DEFIANCE, Ohio -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team won its 20th consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, while the women's team brought home its 3rd straight title in a dominant performance at Defiance College on Saturday.
The men's program won its ninth straight indoor championship since the inaugural event held in 2011. The Rose-Hulman men have also won 11 consecutive outdoor titles, as the Fightin' Engineers have now won the last 20 contested HCAC men's track and field championships. Rose-Hulman has won every men's HCAC track and field championship contested since 2008.
On the women's side, Rose-Hulman won its third straight team title and has now won back-to-back indoor championship. The Fightin' Engineeer women also won their first outdoor championship in 2018.
The two teams combined to win 14 events in a historic performance. The men won the overall scoring with 199.5 points, outdistancing Hanover with 152 and Earlham with 57. On the women's side, Rose-Hulman scored 163 points to top Hanover at 131.5 and Manchester at 80.
Lauren London led the individual performance with arguably the greatest individual performance day in the history of Rose-Hulman track and field. London set five school records, won four individual HCAC championships and set two HCAC meet records.
London set school records to win the 60-meter hurdles (9.14 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.25). She established conference meet records to sweep both the long jump (18' 0 1/4") and the triple jump (37' 3"), with the triple jump performance also breaking an Engineer record. London also set an individual school record in the 60-meter dash.
The women's 4-x-200 meter relay team also set a school record in another conference championship performance. Team members included London, Mary-Helen Shomba, Tina Rogers and Adekite Oladipupo in a time of 1:46.44.
The men's squad won eight events in their performance to nearly reach the 200-point mark. Eric Fiacable and Noah Thomas led the team with two individual wins each. Fiacable swept victories in the men's shot put (48' 9 1/2") and the weight throw (57' 10 1/2"), while Thomas won both the 60-meter dash (7.07) and the 200-meter dash (22.65).
Other conference champions included Aaron Lannoy in the 800-meter run (1:57.10) and Nick Palmer with an HCAC record in the pole vault (15' 9 3/4"). The running events included wins in the 4-x-200 meter relay by Dawson Allen, Thomas, Zadlo and Stephen Payne in 1:31.88, and also in the 4-x-400 meter relay team of Kristian Zadlo, Lannoy, Isaiah Lilje and Thomas in 3:28.54.
Rose-Hulman's team depth was shown in 11 runner-up performances at the HCAC championships.
On the women's side, runner-up finishers included London in the 60-meter dash (7.95); Rogers in the 400-meter dash (1:00.33); Shomba with the second-best mark in school history that also broke the former school record (9.17); and Smith in the high jump (5' 2 1/4"). The distance medley relay team of Patricia Giraldo, Anne Boxeth, Abby Hawkins and Sarozjani Hunter also came home second in 13:49.34.
The men's runner-up finishers included four individual performances and one relay. Matthew Stevenot led the individuals with second-places in the mile (4:21.67) and the 3,000-meter run (9:01.34). Nathan Schrader added a second in the shot put (47' 5 1/4"), and Cameron Prisby was second in the pole vault (14' 11"). The distance medley relay of Nicholas Hall, Eric Mitalo, Tim Wilson and Sean Sullivan was also second in 11:10.78.
The women's effort included third-place finishes by Oladipupo in the 60-meter dash (8.04) and Smith in the 400-meter dash (1:01.48). Men's third-place efforts were by Allen in the 200 meters (23.25); Schrader in the weight throw (57' 3 3/4"); and Jacob Sparks in the shot put (46' 10 1/4").
Rose-Hulman returns to action with individuals competing at Ohio Northern on March 2. The NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships for any potential qualifiers take place March 8-9 in Boston.