This last weekend, the Hillsdale College men’s track team split up its athletes and coaching staff to tackle three different meets in order to prepare for the upcoming conference championship.
“We had some good things, nothing earth shattering,” head coach Andrew Towne said about the weekend. “But, we had good things across the board.”
At Grand Valley State University, senior Joey Humes ran a hard mile to capture fourth overall with a time of 4:08.26. His teammate junior Jack Shelley ran 46th place with a time of 4:20.70.
Some of the sprints crew traveled to Kent State University to compete in the 400 and 800 meter runs. Freshman Benu Meintjes ran a season best in the 400 meter dash. He ended 13th overall with a time of 49.94 seconds. His teammate, junior Adam Wade also ran a season best time of 50.21 seconds coming off of injury to end 17th in the 400 meter dash.
“Being injured has hindered my progress towards conference goals, but I still have a strong belief that I will be able to finish the indoor season strong,” Wade said. “I also have high hopes for our men’s 4x4 at the conference meet.”
Freshman Ian Calvert continued his strong debut season with a time of 1:58.71 in the 800 meter run to finish 24th.
At the University of Findlay, teammates senior Ian Brown and sophomore John Baldwin raced one another in the 60 meter hurdles. Brown finished third overall with a time of 8.38 seconds. Baldwin ended fourth with a time of 8.409 seconds.
Sophomore Jacob Schmidt attacked the 60 meter dash and ended fourth with a time of 7.06 seconds.
Senior David Downey ended 14th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.66 seconds.
In the field, senior Ryan Thomsen leapt to a 1.99 meter finish in the high jump. Sophomore thrower, Steve Weidman set a personal best with a weight throw of 15.12 meters.
The Chargers return home this weekend to finish tuning up before the attack conference with fresh legs and a championship mindset.