In its final appearance at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Hillsdale College men's track team turned in an impressive performance, winning two individual championships and finishing fourth overall.
The Chargers accumulated 75.5 points, while scoring points in 10 different events. Ashland won the team title with 175 points, followed by Tiffin, who scored 162.
Hillsdale's titles came from two of its younger, but already highly accomplished middle distance runners, who have a future as bright as their present.
Joseph Humes, the GLIAC men's cross country and indoor track freshman of the year, added to his fantastic first season by winning the 1500 meter run in 3:54.35. He had a final split of 56.92 seconds to finish very strong, and he needed it, because he had a teammate right on his heels.
Former All-American Caleb Gatchell took second in the 1500, finishing just .03 seconds behind his teammate. Together, Humes and Gatchell blew away the field, with the third-place finisher coming in more than two seconds behind the Charger duo.
Freshman Nick Fiene rounded out Hillsdale's trio of scorers in the 1500, taking sixth place.
Sophomore Tanner Schwannecke might be rapidly running out of room in his trophy case. He successfully defended his GLIAC title in the 800 meter run, winning this year's race in 1:51.75. This marks three straight conference meets he has walked away with gold, which includes an indoor track title won back in February.
Senior Todd Frickey closed out his GLIAC career by helping the 4x100 relay to a second-place finish (40.91 seconds) while taking second overall in the 100 meter dash, finishing in 10.41 seconds.
Other point-scoring finishes earned by Hillsdale:
Colby Clark: 7th place, 400 meter dash, 49.15
Nathan Jones: 6th place, 800 meter run
Ty Etchemendy: 4th place, 400 meter hurdles, 53.6, and 6th place, triple jump,
Daniel Capek: 8th place, hammer throw, and tied for 8th place, discus throw
4x400 relay: 6th place, 3:20.34