April 14, 2013 - Amid the snowflakes that belied outdoor track season, the Hillsdale College men's track team hosted the first of four outdoor meets this season Saturday afternoon, welcoming seven other schools at the eight-team Hillsdale Invitational.
The Chargers finished in third place as a team with 116 points. Michigan Tech won the meet with 158 points, followed by Grand Valley State, the Chargers, and Lewis University.
Hillsdale's throwers enjoyed a big day at the home facility, with Nathaniel Nobbs winning the javelin throw with a mark of 156 feet, 2 inches. John Banovetz scored 26 points for Hillsdale, thanks to placing in the top two in three events.
Banovetz won the hammer throw (179-3) and took second in the discus (161-9). Both of those marks were NCAA provo marks, and he added a second place in the shot put to round out his strong day.
Hurdlers Matthew Raffin and Elliot Murphy went 2-3 in the 110 hurdles, and Raffin later took second place in the 400 hurdles.
The bad weather forced the pole vault and high jump events to be moved indoors, inside the brand-new Margot V. Biermann Center. Freshman Nick Shuster cleared 6-6 3/4 to take third place in this event.