Eli Poth com­petes during the track season in addition to running for the cross country team. (Olivia Llewelyn | Courtesy)

Freshman pole vaulter Ben Raffin con­tinues to soar to new heights as he set another per­sonal record. On Friday, Raffin jumped 4.81 meters to finish second. Raffin fol­lowed this per­for­mance by jumping 4.91 meters to win Saturday’s com­pe­tition. This height is another per­sonal best, and the third best mark achieved in the G‑MAC this season.

Junior Joey Humes con­tinued to improve on an already impressive season in the 3000 meter run. Humes fin­ished the invi­ta­tional race on Friday in a per­sonal best eight minutes and 14 seconds, beating the pro­vi­sional mark by nine seconds and taking sixth in a loaded field. Humes now holds the fastest time in the G‑MAC this year by over 16 seconds, putting him in an optimal position to con­tribute in a big way as the Chargers compete for a G‑MAC title.

In Saturday’s open com­pe­tition, junior Alex Oquist also com­peted in the 3000 meter run, setting a per­sonal best and fin­ishing in 8:38.

Freshman sprinter Peter Curtis ran a per­sonal-best time in the 200 meter dash, fin­ishing the race in 23.04 seconds. While this time was only good enough for 20th against a deep and com­pet­itive field, he fin­ished less than a second behind the winning time.
In the weight throw, freshman Chris Huffman, who has shown flashes of bril­liance at times this season, threw a dis­tance of 16.12 meters to finish eighth. This is Huffman’s second time breaking the 16 meter barrier this season, and an encour­aging sign as he looks to establish con­sis­tency in the event heading into the climax of the indoor season.

Freshman Will Syrus con­tinued a solid freshman cam­paign as he battles back from injury, jumping 6.29 meters in the long jump and fin­ishing 13th.

The Chargers have one more meet before they travel to the Uni­versity of Findlay for the G‑MAC Indoor Cham­pi­onships. On Sat­urday, Hillsdale has a final chance to get locked in at home in the Hillsdale Tune Up. Events begin in the Biermann Ath­letic Center at 9:30 am.