13 Athletes to Represent Hillsdale College at NCAA Championships
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Luck, good or bad, has nothing to do with the 13 athletes Hillsdale College will send to Winston Salem, North Carolina March 14-15 for the NCAA Division II championships.
The Charger men's program will be sending six athletes, while the women will take seven to compete at the national championships, being hosted by Winston-Salem State. The link at the top of this story contains information about the meet, live results, the meet schedule and the final declared list.
Representing the men's team are: Joshn Banovetz (shot put), Ty Etchemendy (triple jump and 4x400 relay), Maurice Jones (400 meter dash, 4x400 relay), and Elliot Murphy, Jared VanDyke and Matthew Raffin (4x400 relay).
The women's team, ranked 13th in the nation in Division II, will be represented by Kristina Galat (3000 meters, distance medley relay), Emily Oren (mile run, 4x400 relay), Alexandra Whitford (pole vault), Kate Royer, Jessica Hurley and Amy Kerst, all potential members of the distance medley relay team.
Jones in particular will be a runner to watch. A school record-holder, he is still in search of his first All-American honor and this meet gives him a great chance to win it. Etchemendy finished third in last weekend's GLIAC championships in the triple jump, covering 47 feet, 11 inches with his leap. His provisional mark in that event ended up being good enough to secure him his first national meet berth.
The women's distance medley relay team is ranked number one in the nation entering the national meet and is fresh off a GLIAC championship last weekend. The team is talented and intelligent, and won't be wowed by the competition at the national level.
Whitford, a freshman, hopes to carry on a successful Charger tradition in the pole vault event. Kayla Caldwell, a 2013 graduate of Hillsdale College, was a two-time national runner-up in the pole vault. Whitford has the opportunity to continue the legacy Caldwell set forth.