Competing in its first of several home meets this indoor season, the Hillsdale College men's track team was victorious at the Conference Crossover Saturday afternoon at the Margot V. Biermann Center.
The Chargers finished with 144 points at the four-team meet. Cedarville University was second with 114, followed by Northwood (111) and Bellarmine (51).
The team racked up five first-place finishes, earned one NCAA provisional mark, and saw one building record fall during a well-balanced performance.
Joseph Humes, the reigning Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week, added to his resume by breaking the Biermann Center record in the 1000 meter run. He won the race in 2:30.34, as he rapidly builds an impressive distance running career.
Thrower Daniel Capek earned NCAA provisional status with his first-place mark of 17.88 meters in the weight throw.
Ryan Thomsen had himself a strong day, winning the long jump with a leap of 6.56 meters, and placing second in the 60 meter hurdles, at 8.6 seconds. Thomsen was part of a Charger trio that went 1-2-3 in the long jump, joined by David Downey (second, 6.4 meters) and Merrick Canada (third, 6.33 meters).
Freshman Adam Wade won his home indoor collegiate debut in the 800 meter run, breaking the tape in 1:58.57. Wade also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400 relay team, clocking a 3:23.45 along with David Chase, Lane White and Konnor Maloney.
Downey and Evan Tandy went 2-3 in the 400 meter hurdles to help provide the Chargers with more crucial points to help them win their first home meet of the season.