There were school records, spectacular debuts and first places all around for the Hillsdale College men’s track team at this weekend’s two-day home meet.

The Chargers got a number of excellent performances at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic, which started Friday afternoon and concluded early Saturday evening at the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center.

The last event of the meet was one of the most impressive for Hillsdale. The 4×400 relay team of Lane White, Ty Etchemendy, Noah Hiser and Colby Clark shattered the meet record with a first-place time of 3:17.69.

Elsewhere in the sprint events, the newest member of the squad had a memorable debut.

Junior Sergio San Juan Lorza, who just joined the team this week, won the 60 meter dash and broke the weeks-old school record in the event with a time of 6.87 seconds. Senior teammate Todd Frickey had already broken that record twice this season, the first coming a month ago when he registered a 6.91. The addition of Lorza figures to add to an already deep core of sprinters for Hillsdale.

Sophomore Jared Schipper keeps finding ways to top himself, literally. He took second in the pole vault and broke his own school record by clearing 5.15 meters. That is an NCAA auto-qualifying mark. Schipper was the NCAA Division II runner-up last year and is positioning himself well for another run at All-American honors.

Individually, White and Hiser did well in shorter races of their own. White picked up a provo time in the 200 meter championship at 22.1 seconds. Hiser won the open 200 at 22.72 seconds.

Sophomore David Chase, who also has NCAA meet experience, had a very successful home debut in the heptathlon, winning the event with a total of 4,742 points, also a provo point total. Chase stands 6 feet, 7 inches and has been a terrific relay runner in the past, making him a formidable opponent in this event.

Distance runners Anthony Wondaal and Caleb Gatchell finished second and third in Friday night’s mile championship, respectively. Wondaal’s runner-up time was 4:15.35.





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