TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's outdoor track and field championships this season, in results released by the league office on Thursday.
The Rose-Hulman men have won the last 20 consecutive HCAC contested championship events in track and field. The men have won nine consecutive HCAC indoor titles since 2011 and 11 straight outdoor titles dating to 2008.
The men's squad won eight events in their indoor team championship 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 indoor 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 indoor championships.
For their efforts, the Fightin' Engineer men ended the 2019 season ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region rankings. The team opens the 2019 outdoor season at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational on Saturday at Cook Stadium.
2019 HCAC MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD POLL
- Rose-Hulman 99 (9)
- Hanover 91 (1)
- Manchester 77
- Earlham 61
- Bluffton 56
- Defiance 45
- Transylvania 41
- Mount St. Joseph 32
- Franklin 28
- Anderson 20