TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Sycamores set four facility records on a night where the men and women came together for a dominating victory to take home the Coughlan-Malloy cup by a score of 181.5 – 88.5 over the Redbirds of Illinois State University.
For the Sycamores this was their eighth straight Coughlan-Malloy cup and ninth of the last ten in the series.
Rose-Hulman fieldhouse records were set by junior Carmelia Stewart as she won Women’s 60 Hurdles in 8.71 seconds, senior Greggmar Swift who won men’s 60 Hurdles in a time of 7.69 seconds, sophomore Katie Wise won the women’s 60 Meters in 7.42 seconds and sophomore John Mascari won the men’s 3000 meter in 8:09.36.
“I think we had a great day today,” said Men’s Head Coach John McNichols. “It was nice to get back into competition after our vacation and the last couple weeks of training.”
Senior Mary Theisen had a great double victory in the shot put and weight throw to contribute to the dominant Sycamore victory over Illinois State.
The Sycamore women beat the Red Birds 88.5 – 56.5 to earn their second victory over their MVC rivals this season.
“It was a stressful meet at points, but I think we ended up on a great note,” said Women’s head coach Angela Martin. “We had some great personal bests by the team and had some great fighting efforts.”
Theisen was just one of several Sycamores to earn victories on a night where the team seemed to be running on all cylinders. Theisen won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet 4.5 inches and the weight throw at 61 feet 2 inches. In the weight throw, sophomore Dawnielle Passmore placed third with a great throw of 60 feet 3.25 inches.
Other outstanding performances included sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph in the pole vault after she cleared 12 feet 5.5 inches, with seniors Lauren Rice and Hannah McKinight right behind her in third and fourth both clearing 11 feet 11.5 inches. Sophomore Ioanna Koltsidou led a 1-2-3 sweep in the high jump as she cleared 5 feet 5.25 inches, while senior Rachael Johnson and freshman Alethia Marrero both cleared 5 feet 3.25 inches. Marrero also won the 400 meter dash in time of 56.94 and ran a leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay team that won in 3:51.47. Marrero was joined by senior Shelby Higginbottom, freshman Bridget Murphy, and junioe Demetra Camble on the winning relay team.
The men beat Illinois State by a score of 93-52, thanks to eleven individual victories by the Sycamores.
“I could see the rust coming off the guys as they ran today,” said McNichols. “Despite it all we had some great performances today.”
Sycamore winners included junior Byron Ferrell, who vaulted 16 feet 6.75 inches in the pole vault. Sophomore Brett Wehmiller, who led a 1-2 finish in the high jump as he and team mate Robert Webb both cleared 6 feet 5 inches. Freshman Devyn Mikell led a 1-2-3 finish in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet 10 inches, as senior Maurice Lyke was second at 22 feet 9.75 inches, and Wehmiller was third at 22 feet 7 inches. Mikell also earned a victory in the triple jump at 44 feet 4 inches.
Freshman David Timlin started a string of victories on the track as he had a great finishing kick to win the mile in 4:15.50. The hurdlers kept the rally going as they swpt the first four spots led by Swift, and followed by senior Duane Brown in 8.01, sophomore Adarius Washington in 8.04, and Lyke at 8.07. Seniors Max Tuttle and Kevin Piraino finished 1-2 in the 400 meter dash in 49.36 and 50.04 in another dominant effort.
The momentum never slowed down from there as the Sycamores went 1-2-3 in the 60 meter dash led by senior Keith Housley in 6.93, freshman Carl McQuay in 7.04, and junior Israel Mercado in 7.08. Housley teamed up with junior Arqeil Shaw to go 1-2 in the 200 meter dash with Shaw winning in 23.43, Housley went 22.44. Mascari dominated the 3000 meter run and the 4 x 400 meter team brought it home with the final victory being won in 3:18.77 seconds by Shaw, Piraino, Tuttle, and junior Jonathan Jackson.
The Sycamores will now head to Madison, Wisconsin for the Badger Invitational next weekend.