Amanda Putt wins Midwest Regional Cross Country championship!

Amanda Putt wins Midwest Regional Cross Country championship!

Provided by Hillsdale

November 5, 2011 - Junior Amanda Putt is building one of the great resumes of anyone in the Division II history of the Hillsdale College women's cross country program. 

Putt was crowned the Midwest Regional champion Saturday afternoon at the regional meet, hosted by Ferris State University. Putt won the women's race with a time of 21:26. 

Earlier this season, Putt won the Michigan Intercollegiate Meet, held at Hillsdale's Hayden Park. Putt is also looking for a trifecta of All-American honors. She earned that distinction in both indoor and outdoor track last year, and has high hopes of adding cross country to her ever-growing list of honors and accomplishments.

The Charger women's team finished in 6th place at the meet, with 205 team points. Hillsdale was just 12 points shy of qualifying for the national championships as a team, though Putt will move on as an individual to the big meet, held in Spokane, Wash.

Victoria McCaffrey was the team's No. 2 runner, finishing with a time of 23:00. McCaffrey was followed by Jennifer Shaffer, Melissa TenKate, Amy Kerst, Rachel Warner and Shena Albaugh as the Chargers' point scorers.

First-year head coach Andrew Towne expressed admiration at his team's hard work throughout the season.

"I've never been more proud of a group of athletes- the girls worked incredibly hard today," Towne said. "And, Amanda Putt was brilliant today...winning the Regional Championship is a huge accomplishment.

"So, even though we didn't accomplish our team goal, we did lay a great foundation for the future of our program. This is just the beginning."

The Charger men also finished in sixth place at their regional meet, also held at Ferris State. 

Jacob Secor was Hillsdale's top performer, earning Second-Team All-Region honors thanks to his 12th-place finish. Secor recorded a time of 32:49.5.

Freshman Joshua Mirth took 34th overall with a time of 33:26. The rest of the men's team's scorers were Jeff Wysong, Peter Walsh, Tim Jagielski, Jordan Eccleston and Luke Hickman.