Hillsdale Women - Emily Oren Wins 3000 over 2 Runners from Michigan to Open Indoor Season
Provided by Hillsdale College
Emily Oren might have taken a short break between cross country and indoor track season, but she didn't take a break from winning.
The four-time national track champion was at it again this weekend, winning the 3000 meter run at the GVSU Holiday Open, held on the campus of Grand Valley State University Friday evening. She won the race in 9:24.03, four seconds better than any other runner, a field that included two in the top three from the University of Michigan.
Oren's time was easily an NCAA auto-qualifying mark. Like there was any doubt she'll be running for more championships at the 2016 indoor national meet in March.
The rest of the team made the short trip to the University of Findlay for this weekend's two-day Oiler Opener. The Chargers, ranked third in the nation, showed why, scattering top finishes across a wide variety of events.
Senior captain Corinne Zehner, the school record-holder in both hurdle events, got off to a winning start with a provo time of 57.77 in the 400 hurdles, easily winning the race. She later took second – first among collegiate runners – in the 60 hurdles, clocking 8.96 seconds.
Junior Alexandra Whitford, one of the best pole vaulters in the GLIAC, achieved a provo mark with her winning leap of 3.75 meters.
Madison Estell and Chloe Ohlgren went 1-2 in the triple jump, with Estell's mark of 11.12 meters good for first place.
The team's throwers enjoyed a strong indoor debut, with Dana Newell and Rachel Tolsma taking second and third in the weight throw, respectively. Both achieved NCAA provo marks, led by Newell's throw of 17.49 meters.
UP NEXT: Hillsdale hosts its first indoor meet of the season January 9 at the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center.