HIllsdale College - Galat, Relay Teams Turn in Great Performances at Gina Relays
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More than 60 track and field programs were represented at this weekend's 50 Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays, and the Charger women's track team turned in several strong performances through the rain and cold over the event's three days.
There was nothing cold about the race put together by senior Kristina Galat Friday night. She set a school record in the 5000 meter run, beating a mark held by Emily Oren, finishing the race in 16:11.4, easily an NCAA auto-qualifying time. Her time was one of three auto-qualifying marks by the Chargers in that race alone.
Sophomore Hannah McIntyre placed sixth overall in the race at 16:22.84, finishing .09 seconds ahead of Oren, who took seventh.
Junior Molly Oren, who earlier in the week won the GLIAC Commissioner's Award, ran a terrific steeplechase race Friday night, placing second with a time of 10:14.27, an NCAA auto-qualifying mark.
Hillsdale racked up a trio of second-place finishes during Friday's open races. Freshman Victoria Wichman led off with a time of 24.96 in the 200. Alison Duber took second in the open 400, at 56.18, while senior Corinne Zehner got a busy weekend started with a season PR time of 13.98 in the 100 meter hurdles.
Zehner ran two 400 meter races fairly close together through Saturday's rain and was successful in both. She took second in the 400 meter hurdle championships with a time of 1:01.72. Minutes later, she led off the winning 4x400 relay team which included Wichman, Duber and Fiona Shea, who finished in 3:46.52, less than two seconds off the school record. Having a healthy Shea has deepened and improved an already strong corps of sprinters for the Chargers.
Throwers Dana Newell and Rachael Tolsma each recorded NCAA provo marks in the hammer throw Friday. Newell took second with her toss of 57.51 meters, while Tolsma came in with a throw of 54.79 meters.
UP NEXT: The 2016 GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Ferris State University next week.