Postema Breaks Multiple HCAC Records at Championships
Saturday, February 18, 2012 | by Robby Hamman

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Defiance College men’s track and field team traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday. The men earned 112.50 total points at the meet and placed second as a team.

The defending four-time HCAC Field Athlete of the Week, junior thrower Tom Postema, saved his best overall performance of the season for one of the biggest meets. The Defiance native was named the HCAC Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the Championships. The junior standout won the weight throw event by breaking the previous HCAC record and moving up to seventh in the nation with a distance of 62-05.00. This mark shattered the previous HCAC Championships record by almost six feet. Postema’s throw also set the Yellow Jackets’ all-time mark with the distance by narrowly outdistancing Trevor Matuszak’s DC record from 2008.

In shot put, Postema claimed the conference championship with a throw of 53-04.25. This mark also set the HCAC Indoor record. The junior threw over five-and-a-half feet further than the second place finisher in the event. Postema is currently ranked fifth in the nation in shot put.

Another record-breaking performance for DC came from freshman jumper Reggie Neal, who set the HCAC and DC all-time record in the triple jump. The freshman jumped a length of 45-02.50, which broke the previous HCAC record by nearly two feet. Neal earned Defiance 10 points for the event with the first place finish.

Other performances that broke Defiance College records were turned in by senior distance runner Justin Perkins and the 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Aaron Demecs, Dan Hardin-Wallace, Troy Parrett and Joe Davis. Perkins broke the record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:31.01. The time earned the senior a third place finish. The 4x400 team finished second in the race with a mark of 3:27.23.

Hardin-Wallace, Demecs and Parrett had notable performances in individual events as well. Hardin-Wallace placed third in the 60-meter dash finishing in 7.16 seconds and second in the pole vault by clearing a height of 15-01.00. This height matched the mark of the winner of the event, but Hardin-Wallace accumulated more attempts. Parrett placed second in the 800-meter run with a finishing time of 1:59.28 and Demecs produced a third place finish in the 400-meter dash finishing in 51.25 seconds.

The Yellow Jackets host their first ever indoor track and field meet on Friday, February 24 at the brand new George M. Smart Athletic Center.