To conclude their season, the men’s tennis team competed at the HCAC Men’s Tennis Tournament at the West Indy Racquet Club this past weekend. Beating Hanover College in the first round, the Engineers would though fall short against top-seeded Earlham College in the semifinal round. Earlham would go on to win the HCAC Tournament with a victory over Transylvania University in the championship match. The win marks the third-straight conference tournament victory for Earlham. Rose-Hulman would finish the season with an 11 - 8 record, highlighted by eight wins in their concluding 10 matches.Four Engineers were named to the all-HCAC men’s tennis team. Seniors Ben Paras and Devon Fritz received first-team all-conference honors with honorable mentions all-conference awards going to junior Nate Moore and freshman Matthew Conrad. With 16 doubles victories, the pairing of Paras and Fritz at No. 1 doubles set the Rose-Hulman school record for wins and highest winning percentage. Also earning recognition from the HCAC was senior Randy Billingsley who captured a spot on the league’s all-sportsmanship team.
Leading the men’s golf team with an eighth place finish at the HCAC Conference Championships held over the past two weekends, freshman Sanders Park became the first Rose-Hulman men’s golfer to win all-conference honors since 2000. As a team, the Engineers finished fifth overall out of the eight competing HCAC teams. Claiming the title for the seventh consecutive year was Transylvania University followed by Hanover College in second. Park fired scores of 78 and 75 in the opening two rounds of the championship at the Aston Oaks Golf Course in North Bend, Ohio. To conclude the championship, Park came home strong with rounds of 77 and 73 at the local Rea Park Golf Course. With his eighth place finish, Park also earned the HCAC Freshman of the Year honor, which recognizes the highest placing freshman finisher at the HCAC Conference Championships. Finishing 10th overall, junior Travis Whithaus recorded scores of 77, 79, 78, and 75. Coming third for the Engineers was junior Jeremy Walters with rounds of 86, 91, 80, and 77. Senior Eric Kamer would win the All-Sportmanship Team award for Rose-Hulman.
In a year highlighted by a sixth consecutive outdoor title for the men’s squad and multiple school records by individuals on both the men’s and women’s teams, the Engineers were rightly recognized by the HCAC in results released by the league office this week. In total, the Rose-Hulman track and field team combined to capture 16 all-HCAC outdoor track and field awards. Senior Liz Evans was named HCAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, marking the sixth time Evans has won this award. Head coach Larry Cole was named Men’s Head Coach of the Year for the 10th time in his career. Among the seven first-team all-HCAC winners for Rose-Hulman were Tyler Hannan in the 400-meter dash and senior Collin Crowson in the men’s pole vault. Joining them were seniors Jeremiah Edwards and Travis Stallings, junior Clay Becker, sophomore Jake Kelley, and freshman Tyler Duffy. Seniors Greg Larmore and Trey Cahill were named second-team all-HCAC, while junior Andrew Thompson earned the All-Sportsmanship Team award. On the women’s side, the Engineers combined for five all-HCAC awards which included seniors Liz Evans, Creasy Clauser, Tanya Colonna, Gloria Boxell, and junior Erin Cox. Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery earned second-team all-HCAC honors. In addition, Clauser also won the All-Sportsmanship Team award.In competition, the Engineers also had a fruitful day at the Billy Hayes Invitational at Indiana University on Friday evening. Rose-Hulman recorded four top-five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes at the event, which included teams from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. With a jump of 5’ 7 ¼” in the high jump, senior Liz Evans earned second overall. Senior Creasy Clauser came home in third with a time of 58.13 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Among the other top-five finishes were junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run and senior Tyler Hannan, who finished fifth in the men’s 400-meter dash. Attempting to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships later this month, senior Trey Cahill competed in the North Central College invitational on Thursday. Cahill would finish fourth in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 175’ 10 ¼”. With a season-best toss of 185’ 9”, he currently ranks 15th nationally. Seniors Liz Evans, Tyler Hannan, and Travis Stallings will travel to the Louisville Cardinal Invitational this Friday in preparation for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships on May 23-25 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Eric Abegglen • staff writer
For overall team performance in the athletic department, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s All-Sports Trophy. This marks the fifth time that the Fightin’ Engineers have earned the honor in the last six years.The Men’s All-Sports Trophy is based on league finishes in 11 men’s sports. Points are calculated by these finishes and the award goes to the HCAC institution that scores the most combined points. Finishing just ahead of Franklin by half a point, Rose-Hulman tallied 66.5 points, with Hanover coming in third with 53 points.In the Commissioner’s Cup standings, which feature the combined performance of the men’s and women’s teams, the Fightin’ Engineers came in second, falling to Franklin by 5.7 points. Rose-Hulman has finished in the top three in the Commissioner’s Cup standings six times in its seven-year HCAC history. Rose-Hulman’s most recent Commissioner’s Cup win came three years ago in the 2009-10 year.To earn the 2013 Men’s All-Sports Trophy, Rose-Hulman relied on four team championships and one runner-up placement. Team championships for the Engineers occurred in basketball, soccer, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Second-place honors from the cross country squad and a maximum amount of points provided by the swim team helped to contribute to the overall department score.Rose-Hulman also hosted several championship events this year including the men’s basketball and men’s golf championship. The 2012 NCAA Cross Country Nationals, a first round game in the Division III NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the six- or eight- team 2013 NCAA Mideast Baseball Regional were among other championship events that were held on campus this year.