Members of the Hillsdale College men's track team picked up four NCAA provisional qualifying marks as part of the Border Battle, the first home outdoor meet of the season for the Chargers, over the weekend.
Competing against Michigan Tech, Tiffin and St. Joseph's College, Hillsdale's men earned nine first-place finishes on a sunny 77 degree day, ideal conditions for athletes to get quality times across all events.
The Charger field event athletes earned two first places, led by Daniel Capek's win in the hammer throw. He hit an NCAA provo mark of 58.09 meters in winning his event. Ty Etchemendy won the triple jump with a provo spot of 15.07 meters.
Senior Todd Frickey once again took first place in the 100 meter dash, with a time of 10.59 seconds, good for NCAA provo status. David Chase also earned a provo total in the decathlon with a second-place 6,294 point score.
Tanner Schwannecke won another race during a terrific outdoor season, winning the 800 meter run in 1:54.91. Hillsdale took the top four places in that event, with Caleb Gatchell, Nathan Jones and Joseph Humes rounding out the domination in the event by the Chargers.
Gatchell won the 1500 meter run in 3:58.35, followed closely by runner-up Nick Fiene. Hurdler Evan Tandy won his specialty event, the 400 meter version of the event, in 55.37 seconds. Both relay teams were also victorious, with the 4x100 team winning in 41.69 seconds, and the 4x400 team winning in 3:26.31.