Ally Eads leads a pack of Chargers around a turn during the one mile run on Friday. (Scott Lowery | Col­legian)

When the Hillsdale College Chargers traveled to Allendale, Michigan, last weekend for the GVSU Big Meet, they knew they faced their stiffest test of the year. While Hillsdale fin­ished 17th in team points against pow­er­houses like Grand Valley State Uni­versity and Miami Uni­versity of Ohio, the Chargers fin­ished as the top team in the G‑MAC at the meet, an encour­aging sign as the team ramps up for the G‑MAC Indoor Cham­pi­onships.

On Friday, senior Ally Eads blew away her pre­vious per­sonal record in the one mile run, fin­ishing in four minutes and 52 seconds. Not only did Eads com­fortably beat the Division II pro­vi­sional mark, she also reg­is­tered the fastest time in the G‑MAC this season.

Sophomore Abbie Porter also had a career per­for­mance in the 800 meter run. Porter fin­ished seventh with a per­sonal-best time of 2:11.23, beating the pro­vi­sional mark by three seconds. This time is the third best 800 meter time in the G‑MAC this season, and is only three seconds off the auto­matic qual­i­fying time for the national meet.

After missing the pre­vious meet due to injury, sophomore sprinter Kajsa Johansson com­peted in the 200 meter dash, fin­ishing in 25.44 seconds. As Hillsdale looks forward to the upcoming con­ference cham­pi­onship meet, Johansson will be a key con­tributor on the track. Johansson holds the fastest 60 meter dash time in the G‑MAC this season, and the second fastest time in the 200 meter dash.

Freshman Nikita Maines turned in another solid per­for­mance in the shot put, com­peting in the event on both Friday and Sat­urday. On Friday, Maines threw 14.04 meters, just five cen­timeters off last week’s per­sonal best, and fin­ished fourth. Maines also fin­ished fourth in the event on Sat­urday with a throw of 13.69 meters.

In Saturday’s open com­pe­tition, senior Paige Van­derWall had a statement per­for­mance in the high jump. Van­derWall, a two-time All American vol­leyball player, made her col­le­giate debut in the event. She cleared a height of 1.64 meters to finish fifth in the event and a mere three cen­timeters off the pro­vi­sional mark of 1.67 meters.

The Chargers are back in action at home in the Biermann Ath­letic Center on Sat­urday for the Hillsdale Tune Up. This meet will be their last com­pe­tition before the G‑MAC Indoor Cham­pi­onships at the Uni­versity of Findlay the fol­lowing weekend.