Hillsdale College - Emily Oren Notches Olympic Standard Time in Winning Steeplechase
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No Division II conference can typically match what the GLIAC has to offer in terms of talent and depth. Each year, the conference meet features performances worthy of recognition and respect at the national level, not just the conference level.
Emily Oren has laid waste to the best the GLIAC has to offer in her incredible career, and this week's performances at the 2016 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships is more proof of that.
Oren was named the Most Outstanding Female Running Athlete of the Meet for the second consecutive year, as she took home two first-places to help lead Hillsdale to a runner-up finish at the meet, hosted by Ferris State University.
Oren took her game to a completely new level in Thursday night's 3000 meter steeplechase. She shattered not only the school record, the GLIAC record, but the NCAA Division II record with a time og 9:50.54 , winning the race by an absurd 31 seconds over sister Molly Oren, who herself, turned in an NCAA auto-qualifying time of 10:21.56.
That time of 9:50.54 broke a national record, but also meets the Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the event. It is accurate to say no athlete in the history of NCAA Division II has been as proficient at track's most entertaining, yet grueling event as Emily Oren.
Friday, Oren polished off her GLIAC meet career with a victory in the 5000 meter run, recording a time of 16:48.66. Her victory margin in that race was 14 seconds, making her an easy choice for the top female running athlete at the meet.
Sophomore Hannah McIntyre, herself a multi-time All-American in cross country and distance events, won her first career GLIAC outdoor individual championship, winning the 10,000 meter run in 36:09.98. She won a GLIAC indoor title as a freshman, but thrived in ideal outdoor running conditions to add an outdoor title to her ever-growing trophy case.
The Chargers finished with 110.1 points, finishing second to Grand Valley State in the team tally. This marked the third-straight conference meet – indoor and outdoor – that saw the Chargers finish second to the Lakers. It also marked the fourth time since 2009 Hillsdale has accumulated more than 100 points at the GLIAC championships, and is the first time the team finished second or better in back-to-back GLIAC outdoor championship meets since 1998-1999.
Senior Kristina Galat took third in the 1500 and fourth in the 5K, picking up crucial points for Hillsdale. Junior Allison Duber blazed the track to a third-place finish in the 400 at 55.55 seconds.
Senior Corinne Zehner took third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.73, and was fifth in the 100 hurdles. Freshman Allysen Eads and sophomore Amanda Reagle took fourth and sixth, respectively, in the steeplechase, giving Hillsdale four of the top six competitors in that single event.