Hillsdale Women - Distance Runners Shine at GVSU
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Over the past several years, few programs have produced as many top-flight distance runners as the Hillsdale College women's track team. That kind of talent was on display once again Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Hannah McIntyre, Hillsdale swept the top four places in the 5000 meter run at the Mike Lints Alumni Open, hosted by Grand Valley State University. It's rare to see one team so dominate an event at a meet like this, but the Charger distance women were in top form on this day.
McIntyre earned a rare NCAA auto-qualifying time in the event, taking first place with a time of 16:23. Taking second, third and fourth were Arena Lewis, Maryssa Depies and Kyleigh Edwards, respectively. Depies and Edwards are freshmen, showing that the success they had in their first cross country season has carried over nicely to indoor track so far.
Addison Rauch took seventh in that same event, giving the Chargers five of the top seven runners in the 5000.
Hillsdale finished fourth at the meet with 94.7 points. The host Lakers finished first, followed by Eastern Michigan then Lewis University.
Another freshman distance runner performed well outside of the 5K. Freshman Christina Sawyer took fifth in the 3000 meter run with an NCAA provisional time of 9:54.9.
Senior captain Rachael Tolsma notched a provo mark in the weight throw once again, taking second place with a mark of 17.6 meters. She also took fifht in the shot put at 12.89 meters.
Chloe Ohlgren turned in an impressive leap of 10.89 meters in the triple jump, finishing third. The 4x400 relay team of Carmen Botha, Abbie Porter, Calli Townsend and Hannah Watts also took fifth, with a time of 3:58.68.
Hillsdale returns home next weekend, hosting the two-day Wide Track Classic at the Margot V. Biermann Center.