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Men's Track & Field Ranks 6th, Women 8th in Great Lakes Region Poll

Men's Track & Field Ranks 6th, Women 8th in Great Lakes Region Poll

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region, while the women set a new school record with a No. 8 regional ranking in results released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

The men's squad stands No. 6 in the region at the conclusion of the indoor team season after winning the HCAC championship 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.

The men's squad won eight events in their performance to nearly reach the 200-point mark in the league meet.  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.

On the women's side, Rose-Hulman caps the indoor season ranked No. 8 in the region after the team won its third straight HCAC team title and has now won back-to-back indoor championships.  The Fightin' Engineeer women also won their first outdoor championship in 2018.  

Lauren London won four individual events and set five school records on Saturday to lead the women's team championship performance.  She set school records to win the 60-meter hurdles (9.14 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.25) and 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.  

The Fightin' Engineers also swept the 4-x-200 and 4-x-400 meter relay titles, with the team of London, Mary-Helen ShombaTina Rogers and Adekite Oladipupo setting a school record in 1:46.44.

Individuals from Rose-Hulman return to action on March 2 at Ohio Northern.  The NCAA Division III Championships, for any eventual NCAA Division III qualifiers, will take place March 8-9 in Boston.