May 3, 2013 - The Chargers finished in sixth place at the 2013 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 60.5 points. The three-day event in Ashland, Ohio wrapped up Friday afternoon.
Hillsdale spread point scorers across many different events, with some performers improving upon already impressive times and marks set on Thursday's first day.
Senior Kayla Caldwell, who had the highest finish in an event of anyone on the team (2nd) in the pole vault, followed that up with a seventh-place spot in the 100 meter dash. It was her best finish in that event at a conference meet in her career.
The high jumpin duo of senior Adrianna Yancho and freshman Alex Moynes took third and fourth, respectively. Yancho set a new personal best by clearing 1.69 meters, which was also an NCAA provo mark. Moynes jumped 1.64 meters in her conference meet debut.
A pair of promising freshman also scored points for the Chargers in Friday's competition. Emily Oren turned in one of the busiest days of anyone on the team, finishing sixth in the 5000 meter run and seventh in the 1500. Combine that with what she ran Thursday, she put in 15,000 meters of conference-meet caliber running.
Corinne Zehner took fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.24. Oren and Zehner are two of many freshman on the women's track team that have extremely bright futures.
Senior Erin Benjamin blew away her prelim time in the 400, recording a new PR in the 400 with a time of 57.13 seconds, good for fourth place.
Hillsdale also got point-scoring times from its two relay teams whcih bookended the meet. The 4x100 relay team finished its race in 48.17 seconds, good for fifth place. The 4x400 team raced to a third-place finish with a time of 3:51.25, just .15 seconds off the school record.
Several Charger athletes are expected to compete in a pair of last-chance meet Hillsdale College is hosting next week, on Wednesday and Thursday.
May 2, 2013 - New PRs were set throughout the lineup as the Chargers took advantage of the warm weather and stiff competition to excel throughout their first day on the track at the conference meet.
The 4x100 relay team (pictured) got the day started right, achieving a new season-best time of 47.44 seconds, placing fourth in prelims. Three members of that relay team went on to post strong marks and times in other events as well.
Senior captain Erin Benjamin qualified for the 400 meter final, taking sixth overall in the prelims with a time of 57.45 seconds. Senior Kayla Caldwell finished as the GLIAC runner-up in her best event, the pole vault, clearing 13-3 3/4. Caldwell later blazed to a time of 12.26 seconds in the 100 meter dash prelims, qualifying for tomorrow's final.
Freshman Corinne Zehner got to the second day of the 400 meter hurdles, taking sixth at 1:03.89, easily setting a new collegiate best time in that event.
Another freshman, Kristina Galat, stepped up with an incredible performance in the 10K, finishing second with a time of 37:30.97. By comparison, her best 5K time was just below 17 minutes, making her 10K time all the more impressive. Galat's runner-up performance represents another highlight of a very talented freshman class.
Amber Mueller finished sixth in the discus event and registered a big-time PR in the javelin, finishing fourth overall (35.86 meters).
Shena Albaugh failed to qualify for the finals in the 800, but ran a terrific race, recording a season-low time of 2:19.40.