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.