Hillsdale - Amanda Putt wins first-career outdoor track national championship!

Hillsdale - Amanda Putt wins first-career outdoor track national championship!

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May 26, 2012 - Wind, altitude and a national-championship field of competition couldn't prevent Hillsdale College junior Amanda Putt from once again declaring herself the best at what she does.

Putt won her first career outdoor track national championship Saturday in Pueblo, Colorado, winning the 1500 meter run in 4:36.92. It was a mad dash to the finish line, as the top three competitors were all in a dead sprint to the finish line. The top three runners in the race were separated by less than two seconds. The fourth-place runner was three seconds behind the top three.

In her final race as a Charger, Putt finished in ninth place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.75, one spot away from All-American status.

With three national championships to her credit, Putt wrapped up her Charger indoor and outdoor track career on the short list of greatest-ever female runners in school history. She also earned All-American honors in cross country and set numerous school records throughout her career.

Earlier Saturday, senior Nate English put a fitting cap on a tremendous career by finishing in sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 17.32 meters. That nets English his first-career outdoor All-American honor and second of this athletic year. He was a 2012 indoor All-American back in March.

The mark of 17.32 represented a career-best for English, and came on the final throw of his career.


For the fifth time in her three-year track and field career, Hillsdale College junior Kayla Caldwell is an All-American.

Caldwell finished in fourth place at the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, being held this weekend at Colorado State-Pueblo. She has earned a total of four All-American honors in the pole vault event - two each in indoor and outdoor - and was part of an All-American relay team in 2010.

She cleared 3.85 meters in the pole vault on her final attempt on Friday evening. The top four finishers in that event all hailed from the GLIAC.

Other national meet qualifiers for the Chargers who failed to advance to the finals included Chelsea Wackernagel, Maurice Jones and Jennifer Shaffer.