No. 18 Wabash posts top times and records at Rose-Hulman and IU Relays
Ronnie Posthauer and Jake Waterman led the 18th-ranked Little Giants to a win at the Engineer Invitational on Saturday and to a strong performance at the Indiana Relays this weekend.
Posthauer set another new Wabash record in the 60 meter hurdles at Rose-Hulman with the fifth-quickest time in the country, while Waterman ran the second-fastest 800 meter race in the nation at IU.
Posthauer won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.19, breaking the mark of 8.23 he set one week ago at home to win the event at the Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational. Wabash posted a 1-2-3 finish in the hurdles finals. Nathan Mueller, after posting the 14th-quickest time in the prelims (8.37), finishing second in the finals by crossing the line in 8.41. Matthew Dickerson finished third in the finals with a time of 8.59.
Waterman took second place overall in the 800 at the Indiana Relays on Saturday. His time of 1:51.98 put him just behind Ryan Lynn from Illinois (1:51.70). The adjustment for the banked track at IU puts his time of 1:53.59 second among DIII runners behind Dan Sullivan of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1:53.40).
The 1,600 meter relay team of Joel Whittington, John Haley, Cole Hruskovich and Waterman also competed at IU. They turned in a time of 3:19.66 to finish eighth overall. The adjusted time of 3:22.86 is tenth-best in the nation for Division III schools. The Little Giants are also seventh on the qualifying list with an earlier time of 3:21.69.
Wabash added several other top efforts at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational Saturday, capturing the team title among the nine competing schools. Kris Nickle won the high jump by clearing 1.91 meters (6 feet, 3.25 inches) for his best effort of the season. Grayden Gilmore finished third after clearing 1.83 meters (6 feet).
Jared Burris crossed the finish line first in the 5,000 meter run. He trimmed more than 20 seconds off his best time of the season by finishing in 15:58.53. Billy McManus won the mile run with a time of 4:22.60, his best time of the season by 11 seconds. Nick Boyce provided a first-place finish for the Wabash distance team in the 3,000 meter run by winning with a season-best time of 8:55.94.
Charles Smothers produced his best time of the year to finish second in the finals of the 60 meter dash. He posted a time of 7.08 after qualifying for the finals with a prelim time of 7.20. Joel Beier took second place in the shot put with a season-best mark of 14.49 meters (47 feet, 6.50 inches). Derek De St. Jean also produced a season-best mark of 14.44 meters (47 feet, 4.50 inches) to finish third in the shot.
Sean Lewis grabbed second place in the 800-meter run, finishing with a season-best time of 2:00.17. Matt Knox took fourth place in the pole vault by clearing a height of 4.35 meters (14 feet, 3.25 inches).
Wabash scored a total of 129 points at the Rose-Hulman meet. The host school finished second with 127.50 points, followed by Monmouth College (Ill.) with 94 in third place.