Hillsdale College - Twenty-one Track & Field Athletes Headed to NCAA Championships
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Another friendly takeover of a national event is set to take place in Florida next weekend.
A total of 21 athletes from the Hillsdale College track & field program - 11 women and 10 men - will make the trek to Bradenton, Florida to participate in the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The event is scheduled to run from May 26-28.
The Charger women's team, ranked fifth in the most recent Division II national poll, are bringing a group of athletes with loads of experience competing at national-level events.
Hammer throwers Dana Newell and Rachael Tolsma both qualified for nationals. This will be Newell's second experience at the NCAA outdoor championships, and Tolsma's first.
Senior hurdler Corinne Zehner qualified in three separate events, getting to nationals thanks to recording some of her best times of the spring at the end of the season. She will run in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, hoping to improve on her school records in those events. She'll also be part of the 4x400 meter relay team, along with Victoria Wichman, Allison Duber and Sarah Benson, with Emily Guy being ready as an alternate.
Like Zehner, senior Emily Oren will run in three events at the national championships. A seven-time national champion already, Oren will try to add to her legacy as one of Division II's all-time best by running in the 3000 meter steeplechase, 5000 meter run and 1500 meter run.
Junior Molly Oren, who owns one of the top 10 times all-time in the steeplechase in Division II, will try to replicate her All-American honor from last year's outdoor championship meet.
Veteran distance runners Kristina Galat and Hannah McIntyre will run in both the 5000 meter run and 10,000 meter run. Galat was injured for last year's outdoor championships, but figures to score key points for the Chargers in what will be her final meet.
Hillsdale College's men's team is ranked 24th in the nation and has 10 athletes ready to run against the best in the nation next weekend.
Two relay teams, the 4x100 and 4x400, will both compete in Florida. Lane White, Colby Clark, Noah Hiser, Ty Etchemendy and Levi Wyse will make up the relay teams. Some of those men will be busy with other events as well.
White and Clark both qualified in the 400 meter run, while Etchemendy takes on one of the sport's toughest races, the 400 meter hurdles.
The school's steeplechase record was broken on back-to-back weekends during the spring season, and both of those men will compete at NCAAs. Joseph Newcomb and Anthony Wondaal will both gun for their first-career outdoor All-American honors in the race.
Caleb Gatchell, an indoor All-American, qualified for the outdoor championships in the 1500 meter run.
Two field event athletes will compete across three events at NCAAs. Sophomore Jared Schipper is back in his signature event, the pole vault. Daniel Capek makes his NCAA debut, qualifying in both the discus and hammer throw events.