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.