RHIT Tabbed by Coaches to Claim Seventh-Straight HCAC Mens Outdoor Title
March 19, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
GREENWOOD, IN – The Rose-Hulman men’s track and field team has been selected as the
unanimous front runner to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
outdoor championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received
100 total points and all ten first place votes.
Franklin College will strive for its first title in school history, as the Grizzlies
totaled a second-best 87 points. Manchester University placed third in the poll
with 77 points and Anderson University finished fourth with 70 points. Defiance
College finished fifth with 66 points and was followed by Hanover College (45
points), Bluffton University (43), Transylvania University (30), College of Mount
St. Joseph (20), and Earlham College (12).
Rose-Hulman has claimed the last six HCAC outdoor championships and earned a fourth
straight indoor crown this past February. The Engineers lost a host of All-HCAC
members from last year’s title squad and will look to replace those efforts this
spring. Senior Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern) placed third in the shot
put, fifth in the discus, and seventh in the hammer throw a year ago. Senior Jake
Kelley (Tecumseh, Mich./H.S.) returns after earning All-HCAC honors as a member of
the first place 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay squads.
Franklin earned a second place finish at last year’s outdoor championship meet and
will try for their first conference track and field title this spring. The
Grizzlies look to receive great production from senior Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg,
Ind./H.S.) and junior Pat Ellis (Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.) during the outdoor season.
Sandlin earned All-HCAC honors last spring, while Ellis and was named the HCAC’s
Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the indoor meet in February. Sandlin won the
10,000-meters a year ago with a time of 32:44.00. Ellis won the long jump and
triple jump at the HCAC Indoor Championships to lead the Grizzlies to a second place
Manchester finished fourth at last spring’s HCAC outdoor meet and at the indoor
championships in February. The Spartans will turn to seniors Jon Caffarelli
(Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic) and Michael Stocker (Yorktown, Ind./H.S.) to lead
the way in the distance events. Caffarelli won the 3,000-meters and Stocker claimed
the 5,000-meter crown, while both were members of the 4,000-meter relay at the HCAC
Indoor Championships in February.
The 2014 HCAC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set for Friday, April
25 and Saturday, April 26. The event will be hosted by Defiance College.
The 2014 men’s outdoor track and field season gets underway this weekend.