Hurdlers Dominate at 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays

Hurdlers Dominate at 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays

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April 26, 2013 - There's no place like home for Hillsdale College hurdlers Matt Raffin and Elliot Murphy.

The Chargers' two talented hurdlers took full advantage of competing at home Friday afternoon, finishing first (Raffin) and second (Murphy) in the open 400 meter hurdle event at the 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays. 

Raffin won the race in 54.01 seconds, improving upon his seeded time. Murphy wasn't far behind, taking second in 55.28 seconds. Both hurdlers will compete in the 110 meter hurdles championship race Saturday afternoon.

Junior John Banovetz had his usual busy and productive days in the throws, finishing fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 174 feet, 0 inches. He also took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 52 feet, 9 1/4 inches.

Noah Hiser made a strong showing in the men's open 400, taking third place in 50.48 seconds.

Freshman Nick Shuster made his Gina Relays debut in the high jump, and cleared two meters, finishing in sixth place, just two inches shy of the event champion.

SATURDAY RECAP

Weather conditions could not have been any better for the final day of competition at the 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays Saturday afternoon.

After an awful run of weather, the Chargers and hundreds of other athletes enjoyed a sun-drenched day on the third of the three-day meet.

Highlighting the day for Hillsdale was Michael Shaw, who raced to a second-place finish in the 200 meter championship event with a time of 21.95 seconds. He is improving at the perfect time, with the GLIAC championships looming next weekend. Shaw also ran third on Hillsdale's second-place 4x100 meter relay team, who recorded a time of 42.08 seconds.

Banovetz contrinued his excellent throwing from Friday with his second-place mark in the discus (48.27 meters). 

Another athlete who finished off a strong weekend was Matthew Raffin, who's third-place time of 14.64 in the 110 hurdles set a new school record. He set a new season-best time by .13 seconds in the race.

Javelin thrower Gunnar Meyer had a strong finish in the javelin throw with a mark of 48.78 meters, which exceeded his previous season-best mark by more than three meters.

Photo by Sheridan Markatos