Hillsdale - Charger Men Rise to the Occasion at Gina Relays
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There is no question the Gina Relays are a premier track & field event for the entire sport in this region annually, but particlarly so for the host Hillsdale College Chargers. Over the weekend, the men's track team put together a number of strong performances at its most prominent home event.
Hillsdale picked up wins in field events, sprints and hurdle events, competing inside Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium Friday and Saturday.
Senior Ty Etchemendy, performing in his final Gina Relays event, was a two-time winner, taking first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.84 seconds. Concluding the meet, he led the winning 4x400 relay team, which finished with a time of 3:15.65. Etchemendy was joined by Colby Clark, Tanner Schwannecke and Nate Eldridge.
Clark, another highly decorated sprinter, also won one of his top events, the open 400 meter dash. His time of 49.11 was good for first Friday night.
Daniel Capek had a strong weekend in the throws, highlighted by his win in the hammer throw. His toss of 60.47 meters was an NCAA provisional mark. He later took fourth in the discus with a mark of 44.64 meters. Seth Overla overcame cold weather conditions Saturday to post a fourth-place finish in the javelin throw (44.12 meters).
Merrick Canada took fifth in the long jump, hitting 6.78 meters.
Tanner Schwannecke and Nathan Jones posted impressive finishes of fifth and sixth respectively, in the 800 meter dash championship race Saturday afternoon. Schwannecke had a time of 1:52.49. GLIAC Indoor Track Freshman of the Year Joseph Humes ran tough against a strong field in the 1500 meter run, picking up a provo time of 3:49.1.
At the opposite end of the experience scale, senior Todd Frickey ran in the 100 meter dash for the final time in a stellar career. With his fiancee in attendance, Frickey took second with a time of 10.66 seconds.