April 6, 2013 - After a two-week break in the schedule, the Hillsdale College women's track team got back to work Saturday afternoon, and senior Kayla Caldwell picked up where she left off.
Caldwell broke her own school record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 2 inches, to win the event at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State University.
Caldwell's old record was 13-3 1/2, a record set a year ago. Her mark is easily an auto-qualifying one for NCAA competition. The five vaulters behind Caldwell at the meet were from Michigan State (three) and Notre Dame (two). She also turned in a strong time in the 200 meter dash, at 25.59 seconds.
Freshman Danielle Gagne finished one spot ahead of Caldwell in the 200, taking 17th with a time of 25.5. Another talented freshman, Corinne Zehner, placed 12th in the 400 hurdles, finishing the race in 1:06.91.
Senior Adrianna Yancho (pictured), finished tied for second in a competitve high jump event, clearing 5-3.
The team's throwers figured into the mix as well, with junior Amber Mueller taking seventh in the javelin throw and 12th in the discus, and senior Kathy Dirksen's shot out mark of 40-6 was good for sixth place.
The 4x100 relay team took fourth overall, in a Division I-heavy field, with a time of 49.6.
Hillsdale's team will compete at home Saturday, the first of two home meets this outdoor season. The Hillsdale Invitational will start at noon.