Hillsdale College - Wondaal Shatters Steeplechase Record at Gina Relays
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Before the rain fell, records fell at the 50th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Ken Herrick Track on campus.
Friday night's chilly weather, while good for distance runners, gave way to steady ran and colder wind on Saturday's championship day. But that didn't stop several members of the Hillsdale College men's track team from recording historic performances.
The 4x100 relay team of Todd Frickey, Lane White, Colby Clark and Sergio San Jose Lorza set a school and Gina Relays meet record with their time of 40.74 seconds. That time shattered a nine-year-old meet record, previously held by Northwood University, and beat the school record Frickey, White, Clark and Alex Mexicotte set just a week ago.
Frickey later took first place in Saturday's 100 meter championships with a time of 10.7, an outstanding mark given the conditions. Hillsdale's sprinting depth was evident in Saturday's final event, the 4x400 relay, won by the combo of Levi Wyse, Tanner Schwannecke, Evan Tandy and Andrew Beaird, who combined for a time of 3:22.75.
Friday night, Clark and White were at it again, this time finishing 1-2 respectively in the open 200, with Clark's time of 21.75 seconds beating out his teammate by .14 seconds.
The top performance from Friday night came from Anthony Wondaal (pictured) who energized the big crowd and his teammates with a school-record performance in the 3000 meter steeplechase. His time of 8:55.47 broke a record that had stood since last week, when it was set by teammate Joseh Newcomb. The record had previously existed since 1979, making it the second-oldest record on the books before the start of this outdoor season.
Hillsdale also saw strong performances from its group of field event athletes. Senior Nick Shuster took fifth in the high jump, clearing 1.93 meters. Thrower Daniel Capek achieved an NCAA provo mark in the hammer, placing fourth with a distance of 59.5 meters. All-American Jared Schipper was fourth in the pole vault (5.05 meters), while teammate Matt Harris was fifth at 4.8 meters.
UP NEXT: The 2016 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Ferris State University next week.