Hillsdale College - Young Relay Team Comes of Age

Hillsdale College - Young Relay Team Comes of Age

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Few relay teams anywhere in the indoor track landscape deploy a unit as young as the Hillsdale College men's track team. And that unit is doing just fine.

The combo of Lane White, Colby Clark, David Chase and Ty Etchemendy - the old man of the group - combined to win the 4x400 relay race Saturday at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic. The event was held at the Margot V. Athletic Center over two days this weekend.

The meet featured more than 800 total athletes from a wide variety of programs, from NCAA Division I to the NAIA.

The relay team won its race with a time of 3:18.93, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. White, Clark and Chase are all freshmen, while Etchemendy is the veteran of the group as a sophomore.

While all four appear to make a formidable relay team, all four also had standout performances individually in other events.

Clark was the winner in a very competitive 400 meter championship event, earning a provo time of 48.98. White wasn't far behind, placing sixth with a time of 50.05 seconds. Clark's time was good for a new meet record.

Chase also had a good performance in the high jump, tying for second place with a mark of 6 feet, 7 inches. Etchemendy, the meet record holder in the triple jump, finished fifth in the event this season, clearing 47 feet, 8 inches.

Pole vaulters Jared Schipper and Matt Harris went fourth/fifth, with Schipper clearing 16 feet and 3/4 of an inch. Freshman Sam Phillips finished third in the mile run with a time of 4:32.85, and senior Justin Fawley took second in the heptathlon with 4892 total points.