January 26, 2013 – Facing a four-way meet with two Division I schools and one of the elite Division II programs in the country was the challenge ahead of the Hillsdale College women's indoor track team Saturday afternoon in Allendale.
The Kelly Family Athletic Center hosted a meet between the Chargers, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State. The Chargers finished in fourth place in the meet with a total of 67 points. EMU took first as a team with 166.5 points, followed by the host Lakers with 162.
One of the top performers for Hillsdale was freshman Emily Oren (pictured) who earned herself an NCAA provo mark with a 4:59 time in the mile run (fourth place). It was the best indoor performance of her promising career, and gets her a major step closer to national competition. Finishing right behind her was teammate Amy Kerst (also pictured) who checked in at 5:01 in the mile, taking fifth overall. Oren's time was a PR by 14 seconds, while Kerst cut seven seconds off her previous best time in that race.
Kerst took fifth place in the 800, picking up a time of 2:18.17.
Other PRs came from senior captain Erin Benjamin, who ran the 400 in 58.3 seconds, and freshman Kristina Galat, who tied with junior teammate Victoria McCaffrey in running the 3000 meter race in 10:15.
Senior Kayla Caldwell took second place in the pole vault behind rival Kristen Hixson of Grand Valley State. Hixson is the younger sister of former Charger football All-American and current Carolina Panther Nick Hixson. Caldwell cleared 3.92 meters in the event. Three of the top 17 pole vaulters in all of NCAA, Division I included, come from the GLIAC.
Senior Kathy Dirksen earned a pair of fourth places in the shot put and weight throw events.
Photo by Sheridan Markatos