For the second time in three weeks, the Charger men's track team competed inside its home building of the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center, this time for one final tune up before next weekend's conference championships.
The Hillsdale Tune Up was a venue that saw many Chargers achieve top marks in a wide variety of events.
Numerous Chargers broke Hillsdale College records and met NCAA provisional times. Senior Matthew Raffin took third in the 60 meter hurdles while also breaking the school record with a time of 8.22 seconds. Raffin was also a part of the 4x400 meter relay team that broke another school record later in the day. The team (freshman Ty Etchemendy, senior Eliot Murphy, Raffin, and senior Maurice Jones) won the event with a time of 3:17.57.
In the shot put, senior John Banovetz took third reaching a provisional mark with a throw of 16.16 meters. Taking second in pole vault, sophomore Matthew Harris met a provisional mark with a 4.76 meter vault. In the weight throw, senior Brett Dailey met a provisional mark reaching 17.43 meters, taking third place in the event.
In the high jump, sophomore Nicholas Shuster (pictured) out jumped the competition, winning a jump off with a 1.96 meter leap. Etchemendy took second in the triple jump, reaching 14.00 meters.
Sophomore Todd Frickey took fifth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.07. In the mile run, freshman Joseph Newcomb finished fifth with a time of 4:21.77. In the 200 meter dash, Juniors Zachary Meyer and Damian Matthews took seventh and eighth with times of 22.91 and 22.94 respectively.
In the shot put, freshman Roger Stewart finished tenth with a throw reaching 12.87 meters. Sophomore Noah Hiser took tenth in the 400 meter dash with a time 52.38. Freshman Caleb Gatchell finished right behind with a time of 52.62.
Next weekend, Hillsdale won't have to go anywhere to compete for conference championships, as the Biermann Center will host the 2014 GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The action gets underway Saturday and will continue Sunday, March 2.