Hillsdale - Putt turns in record-breaking performance in the mile run to lead Charger women's track team
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January 21, 2012 – In many figurative ways, Hillsdale College junior Amanda Putt has lapped the field with her incredible performances in track and cross country this year. Friday night, she did that literally.
Putt set a school record in the mile run for the second week in a row, and lapped the field en route to turning in a time of 4:49.04. That time also vaulted her into first place in the nation in Division II among mile runners, and she finished the race a whopping 31 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher at Findlay’s Northwest Ohio Open.
"Amanda Putt was remarkable tonight,” said women’s track head coach Andrew Towne. “Anytime you post the #1 time in the country, it's impressive. But, when you also lap the entire field in the process, it is truly remarkable."
Chelsea Wackernagel took two first places, one by herself and one as part of the 4x400 relay team. She shared first with teammate Kayla Caldwell in the pole vault, each clearing 3.65 meters. That mark is an NCAA provisional qualifying one, and both are at the top of the national Division II rankings in that event. Wackernagel was joined by Becky Caywood, Erin Benjamin and Elise Byron in the winning relay team, posting a mark of 4:07.29.
Shena Albaugh and Amy Kerst went 1-2 in the 800 meter run, with Albaugh’s time of 2:20.51 besting her qualifying time by five seconds.
Senior Cat Nass also netted an NCAA provo mark in the weight throw, at 17.12 meters, which was good for second place. She ranks in the top 20 in the nation in that event.
"We continue to improve, and become more confident,” Towne noted. “ And, if we continue to focus on weekly improvement, we'll be ready to go at the end of February."