HIllsdale College - 2015 GLIAC Indoor Track Championships Preview
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If you want to see the very best of NCAA Division II track and field, the place to be this weekend will be Saginaw Valley State University, site of the 2015 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field championships. And the Charger men's and women's teams will be fully in the mix to contend for the conference championship at this weekend's two-day event.
The action gets started Saturday morning with the multi events. The first day's field events get started at 2:00, with running events to get going at 2:50.
Championship Sunday gets started with the completion of the men's heptathlon at 9 a.m. The second half of the field event slate gets started at 10:30, with the final running races getting underway at 12:15 p.m. The awards presentation is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m.
Hillsdale will be taking two terrific teams up to SVSU to compete against some of the nation's very best teams. The Charger men have been ranked in the USTFCCCA top 25 off and on this season, most recently 23rd in the poll released Feb. 17. One of the revelations of the team has been the emergence of its freshmen sprinters. Two of them – Lane White and Colby Clark – have been named GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week during indoor season. They are two parts of the team's 4x400 relay team, which enters the conference meet ranked fourth in the GLIAC. Clark and White both rank in the GLIAC's top six in the 400.
Other top contenders for conference titles include defending GLIAC champ Joshua Mirth in the 3000 and 5000, sophomore Caleb Gatchell in the 800 and mile, Jared Schipper and Matt Harris in the pole vault, Ty Etchemendy in the triple jump and senior Justin Fawley in the heptathlon.
The top three teams in Division II in men's track are all from the GLIAC – Findlay, Ashland and Grand Valley State. Tiffin is another national power the Chargers will be competing against this weekend.
Ranked fifth in the nation, the Charger women's track team enters GLIAC competition tested and confident. But the team has plenty of company near the top. Just like the men's side, three GLIAC teams are raked in the nation's top five. Hillsdale is joined by top-ranked Grand Valley State and third-ranked Ashland as elite programs who will chance conference medals versus one another.
Heading into this weekend's GLIAC championships, the Charger women have 10 athletes ranked in the top four in the conference in various events. Leading the way is the distance medley relay team, who will seek its third straight GLIAC title. The foursome of Kristina Galat, Emily Oren, Allison Duber and Amy Kerst ran an 11:34 in the DMR in Boston, more than 20 seconds faster than any other GLIAC unit.
The 4x400 relay team is also the top seed entering the championships, illustrating the team's overall depth and talent. Galat (5000), Oren (3000 and the mile) and Kerst (800) are all ranked number one in the GLIAC in their respective individual events as well. Oren has been named GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week twice this season.
Junior Corinne Zehner has stepped up in the hurdle events and the 400, being named GLIAC Athlete of the Week twice as she closes in on qualifying for indoor nationals. Her time of 8.78 in the 60 hurdles and 56.5 in the 400 are third and second in the GLIAC, respectively.