January 26, 2013 – Facing a quad meet with the likes of Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Grand Valley State, winning every race wasn't as much of a priority for the Charger men's indoor track team as it was improving upon past performances. Many of Hillsdale's athletes passed that test Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers took fourth in a four-way quad meet with the aforementioned programs by scoring 61 points at the Kelly Family Events Center in Allendale. The host Lakers won the meet with 164.5 points, topping both foes from the Division I Mid-American Conference.
One of the Chargers' best performances came from sophomore Matthew Perkins, who PR'ed the mile run by taking fourth overall with a time of 4:11.11, good for an NCAA provisional mark.
Sophomore Joshua Mirth keeps rounding into indoor form, as he finished in fifth in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:30.22.
Matthew Raffin (pictured) finished a strong fifth place in the 60 hurdles, taking 8.37 seconds to cross the finish line. He was in the middle of a very tight race, with the top five competitors being separated by .14 seconds.
Thrower John Banovetz took a pair of top-five finishes in his specialty events, the weight throw (17.29, 4th) and the shot put (15.32 meters, 5th).
The multi-talented Justin Fawley finished in fourth in the high jump, peaking with a clearance of 1.96 meters.
Two sprinters made their mark as well. Freshman Alex Mexicotte took eighth in both the 60 and 200 meter dash events, while Noah Hiser, who spent the fall playing for the Charger football team, completed the 400 in 50.78 seconds, which was his longest race in some time. Jared Van Dyke finished just ahead of him, in 50.70 seconds, enabling both runners to score points for the Chargers.
Photo by Sheridan Markatos