Hillsdale College - Wondaal Wins 2 GLIAC Titles as Chargers Place 3rd at Conference Meet
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Antony Wondaal's teammates and coaches have known what a talent he is for some time. This week, the rest of the GLIAC was served notice.
Wondaal, a sophomore on the 23rd-ranked Hillsdale College men's track team, was one of two individuals to win two GLIAC championships at the conference championships, hosted by Ferris State University. Wondaal's outstanding performances led the Chargers to finish third at the meet with 121 points. Grand Valley State took first while Tiffin was the runner-up.
Hillsdale's 121 points were the most it has scored in an outdoor GLIAC championship meet since 1998, and marked the first time the team finished third or better in back-to-back years since 1999-2000.
Wondaal was part of a double 1-2 sweep in the 3000 meter steeplechase Thursday night, winning the event in 9:10.85. Joseph Newcomb took second in that same race with a time of 9:16.9. Two weeks ago, Newcomb broke the 37-year-old school record in the steeplechase, only to see it broken by Wondaal at last weekend's Gina Relays.
Friday, Wondaal earned another trip to the podium's top spot thanks to his victory in the 1500 meter run, in 3:56.14. Only Tiffin's Lamar Hargrove, a former national champion, won two individual events at this year's GLIAC outdoor championships, putting Wondaal in strong company. Caleb Gatchell helped the Chargers to a 1-2 finish in the 1500 with his runner-up time of 3:56.48.
Senior Matt Harris put together a memorable performance in the pole vault, winning his first-career GLIAC championship by clearing 15 feet, 7 ¾ inches. Harris has labored in the pole vault throughout his four-year career, and was rewarded with a first-place medal in his last conference outdoor competition.
Teammate Jared Schipper took third in the pole vault.
Hillsdale gathered up points in the 400 meter dash, with Colby Clark and Lane White finishing with nearly identical times, taking second and third, respectively, in the race. Clark's time of 47.51 was .02 seconds faster than White.
Senior Todd Frickey took third overall in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.49 seconds, just .14 off the 37-year-old school record in that event.
Freshman Tanner Schwannecke performed well in his GLIAC outdoor debut with a second-place finish in the 800 at 1:55.58. Teammates Nathan Jones and Andrew Beaird went fourth and sixth, respectively, giving Hillsdale three more point-scorers in a distance race.
Former indoor All-American Ty Etchemendy was the GLIAC runner-up in the 400 hurdles, clocking a time of 52.68 seonds.
In all, Hillsdale had 12 individuals and relay teams that recorded podium (top three) finishes at the GLIAC meet. It was a performance easily worthy of the Chargers' national ranking.