April 14, 2013 - An unwelcome visitor crashed the first home outdoor track meet of the 2013 season at Hillsdale College Saturday.
Snow fell from the sky through much of Saturday afternoon's Hillsdale Invitational. Despite the decidedly non-spring weather, the Charger women's track team still performed well, finishing in second place at the eight-team invite with 157 points. Grand Valley State won the meet with 184.5, with Lewis University placing third as a team.
The bad weather forced the pole vault and high jump events to be moved inside the brand-new Margot V. Biermann Center, thus becoming the first track events to ever take place inside the new athletic facility. And Hillsdale's athletes made their mark on this occasion.
Reigning national track athlete of the week Kayla Caldwell won the pole vault in her first time competing inside the Biermann Center, clearing 13 feet, 7 3/4 inches. She is currently the NCAA Division II leader in the pole vault.
Senior Adrianna Yancho won the high jump, leaping 5-4 1/2 to give Hillsdale two first places in the events held indoors Saturday.
The team's throwers also enjoyed a terrific day, led by Amber Mueller, who racked up 26 points thanks to a first place in the shot put (41-1 1/2) and second-place finishes in the javelin and discus. Heather Lantis took second in the shot put, allowing the Chargers to go 1-2 in that event.
Freshman Corinne Zehner finished in second place in the 400 hurdles (1:06.44), giving the Chargers another big point-scorer in the running events.