The Hillsdale College men's track team took top finishes across the board today in the Grand Valley State University Five-Way Meet. Hillsdale competed against Grand Valley State University, Lincoln University, Lewis University, and St. Joseph's College in the meet at Allendale.
The Chargers took third place in the five-team meet, finishing with 82 total points.
The runners took top-ten rankings in every distance event. Senior Maurice Jones (pictured) finished first in the 400 meter run, meeting a NCAA provisional mark with his 48.03 time. Freshman Ty Etchemendy and junior Jared Van Dyke took ran a 50.30 and 50.50 respectively in the same event. In the 60 meter dash, Junior Damian Matthews took fourth with a time of 7.06 and sophomore Alexander Mexicotte took the next slot with a time of 7.11. Sophomore Todd Frickey ran a 7.15 in the same event. In the 200 meter dash, Jones finished sixth with a time of 22.38. Junior Zachary Meyer and Matthews took eighth and ninth in the event with times of 22.61 and 22.63 respectively. In the 3000 meter run, junior Joshua Mirth took second with a time of 8:31.72.
In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Matthew Raffin took first with a time of 8.24, reaching a NCAA provisional mark. Senior Elliot Murphy also reached the provisional mark taking second in the event. He had a time of 8.31. The 4x400 meter relay team (Van Dyke, Raffin, Murphy, and Etchemendy) took second in the event with at time of 3:19.07. In the mile, senior Matthew Van Egmond took sixth with at time of 4:17.57.Junior Luke Hickman and Sophomore Kevin Frost also finished in the top ten with times of 4:25.83 and 4:30.55 respectively.
In the high jump, Sophomore Nicholas Shuster took fourth with a 1.88 meter jump. Etchemendy took fifth in the triple jump with at 13.73 meter jump. Senior John Banovetz finished third in shot put with a NCAA provisional throw of 16.04 meters. Junior Roger Stewart finished sixth with at 13.64 meter throw. Banovetz also took sixth in the weight throw with a 16.72 meter throw. Senior Brett Dailey finished seventh with a 15.31 meter throw.
The Chargers will compete at home again on Feb. 7-8 in the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic.