Hillsdale College Women - Oren, Galat Both Break Mile Run Record for Chargers
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At home or on the road, Hillsdale College senior Emily Oren is right at home on the track.
The record-setting distance runner was at it again for the seventh-ranked Charger women's track team at this weekend's Hillsdale Wide Track Classic, held at the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center on campus.
Oren set the school record in Friday night's mile run, with a time of 4:45.13, breaking the old mark by two seconds. On Saturday, she crossed the line first in the 800 meter championship, picking up an NCAA auto-qualifying time of 2:11.18.
However, Oren wasn't alone at the finish line in Friday's mile. Senior teammate Kristina Galat was close behind with a time of 4:45.35, which also broke the old school record, which was held by former NCAA champion Amanda Putt.
The mile run was basically a celebration of Charger distance event excellence, as Hillsdale captured seven of the top nine places in the event. Sophomore Hannah McIntyre finished third, and was followed by Molly Oren, Kate Royer, Amanda Reagle and Allysen Eads. Molly Oren and McIntyre each picked up provo times, and the old meet record of 5:03 was broken by six different runners Friday night.
At the other end of the running event scale, senior captain Corinne Zehner further solidified her spot in the record books. In Saturday's 60 meter hurdle semifinal, she broke her own school record, blazing through the course in 8.66 seconds to set a new standard. She would ultimately finish second in the finals, recording an 8.72.
Zehner was the lead runner in the first-place 4x400 meter relay team, who recorded a time of 3:51.52. Zehner was joined by Victoria Wichman, Emily Guy and Allison Duber in winning the final women's event of the meet.
More provo marks were attained by the team's strong group of field event athletes. They were led by Dana Newell, who set a personal best in the weight throw with a second-place mark of 18.2 meters. Close behind was teammate Rachel Tolsma, who also attained a provo spot with a throw of 17.67 meters.
Junior Alexandra Whitford made another strong showing in the pole vault, finishing third by clearing 3.65 meters. Juniro Madison Estell picked up a fourth in the high jump (1.65 meters) and a second in the triple jump (10.89 meters). Estell's high jump mark was also provo status.
UP NEXT: Hillsdale heads to Grand Valley State next weekend to participate in the GVSU Big Meet.