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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.