Hillsdale - Oren, Mueller Become All-Americans!

Hillsdale - Oren, Mueller Become All-Americans!

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A native of nearby Jonesville, Amber Mueller grew up close to Hillsdale College. She took her considerable track talents to the Chargers, and at the very end of a long and successful four-year career, she was able to place her name into the track program's history books.

Mueller was named All-American in her final collegiate meet Friday afternoon, when she finished in eighth place in the discus throw with a mark of 46.66 meters (153 feet, 1 inch) at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet is being held at Grand Valley State University.

While Mueller achieved the high point of her athletic career right at the end, one of her teammates reached a similar peak. Sophomore Emily Oren earned her second career All-American honor, and first during outdoor season, when she finished in fifth place in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:27.67, which is also a new school record.

Oren ran a 10:47 in the prelims Thursday in order to qualify for Friday's championship race. Remarkably, the steeplechase is an event Oren just picked up this year. In just one season, she's already achieved top-five national status in one of outdoor track's most challenging events.

Mueller's performance was a revelation. She entered the national meet seeded 19th among all the discus throwers at nationals. But she delivered at a time when it mattered the most, and she improved by more than two meters from her first throw to her second.

Sophomore Corinne Zehner was unable to qualify for the finals of the 400 meter hurdles, and finished the prelims with a time of 1:02.65. This was Zehner's first national meet experience, and has one of the brightest futures of anyone in the Charger track program.

The final Charger to take the track was Kate Royer, who finished 20th overall in the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:16.64. This was also Royer's first experience at the national outdoor championships.