December 8, 2012 - The last time senior Kayla Caldwell ran down the pole vault runway during indoor track season, she finished as the national runner-up. She didn't settle for second place in her first competition of the new season.
Caldwell won the pole vault at the Oiler Open Saturday, registering an NCAA auto-qualifying mark of 13 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Her quest for a sixth career All-American honor got off to a very good start by not only winning the event, but tying her own school record.
Senior Adrianna Yancho also had a strong debut to the 2012-13 season, finishing second in the high jump, clearing 5-4 1/4.
The Chargers feature a deep and talented freshman class, and emerging from that group in the first meet of the year was Danielle Gagne, who picked up an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 25.67 seconds. She also ran the 60 in 7.97 seconds.
December 7, 2012 - Senior Kathy Dirksen is one of several returning athletes on the Hillsdale College women's track team with an All-American honor to her credit. She showed off some ofthat skill in the team's season opening meet Friday night.
Dirksen placed second in the weight throw event with a mark of 57 feet, 9 3/4 inches. She was the number-one college-affiliated weight thrower at the event.
Teammate Shannon Neby placed fifth in the event, and was named by women's head coach Andrew Towne as one of the team's most improved performers since the start of last year.