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Women's Track Team Breaks 2 G-MAC Records in Indoor Opener

Women's Track Team Breaks 2 G-MAC Records in Indoor Opener


It took exactly one meet as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference for the Hillsdale College women's track team to makes its mark in the conference record books.

Two G-MAC records were shattered, by thrower Rachael Tolsma and pole vaulter Kathryn Bassette as part of Hillsdale's effort at this weekend's SVSU Holiday Open, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.

Tolsma, a team captain, took first place in the weight throw with a conference-record toss of 17.21 meters. That throw was also good enough for an NCAA provisional mark.

Bassette cleared 3.49 meters in the pole vault, which was second at the meet but first in G-MAC history. Bassette bested all other college-eligible vaulters at the meet, taking second only to Alexandra Whitford of Hillsdale, who competed unattached.

The 4x400 relay team of Tori Wichman, Ashlee Moran, Abbie Porter and freshman Zoe Eby, took second with a time of 3:56.58. But that time was also third-best in G-MAC history, very impressive for a foursome that ran together competitively for the first time Saturday.

Hillsdale's sprinting depth is as good as it has been in recent years, as shown by the victory in the 400 meter dash attained by Lorina Clemence. She broke the tape in 58.51 seconds. Poter finished in third in that same race.

Eby blazed through the track in the 200 meter dash, winning with an NCAA provo time of 24.67 seconds. Wichman and Moran placed fourth and fifth in the 200 as well.

Chloe Ohlgren recorded the second-best triple jump distance in G-MAC history, taking third with a distance of 11.02 meters. Newcomer Carmen Botha was the runner-up in the 60 meter hurdles in her Hillsdale debut, finishing with a time of 9.15 seconds.