Throwers, hurdlers lead the way for Hillsdale men's track team at Gina Relays

Throwers, hurdlers lead the way for Hillsdale men's track team at Gina Relays

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April 28, 2012 - The Hillsdale College men's track program has an outstanding recent history in the throwing events. Local fans got a first-hand look at that over the weekend.

Competing in their home venue, sophomore John Banovetz and senior Nate English (pictured) made the 46th annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays an experience to remember, winning the discus and shot put events, respectively.

English, an indoor track All-American, won the shot put event with a toss of 16.74 meters, an NCAA provo mark. Banovetz took fourth in that event, at 16.21 metersm also an NCAA mark.

The two almost swapped spots in the discus, with Banovetz winning with a throw of 48.28 meters. Brett Dailey took fifth with a throw of 43.02 meters, and English was sixth in the event (42.10). Hillsdale took three of the top six spots overall in the discus.

The Chargers got equally good performances out of their hurdlers, as Hillsdale dominated the top spots in both events.

Sophomore Maurice Jones won the 400 hurdle open race and took second in the championship version of the event. His time of 53.07 seconds in the championship race was an NCAA provo mark.

Elliot Murphy and Matthew Raffin took the top two spots in the 110 hurdle championship race, through difficult conditions Saturday afternoon.

Murphy won the race in 14.92 seconds, with Raffin not far behind at 15.24 seconds. Cold temperatures and rain opened the meet, though the rain tapered off as the afternoon went along.

Raffin also finished fourth in the 400 hurdles.

Other top performers for the men's team included Zach Meyer (fourth in the 100), and Justin Fawley (fourth in the high jump).