Another championship performance by the Hillsdale College women's outdoor track team resulted in some well-deserved recognition for one of its top athletes and its head coach.
Andrew Towne was named the 2018 G-MAC Women's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and Zalonya Eby was named the 2018 G-MAC Women's Outdoor Track Freshman of the Year. The awards were announced as part of the conference's All-G-MAC awards release, which can be viewed in the link at the top of this release.
Both Towne and Eby repeated as individual award winners from the indoor season.
Towne has now won three conference coach of the year honors since 2015, and this is his second of 2017-18. He led the Charger women to a G-MAC outdoor championship, scoring 216.5 points while producing six individual champions. He'll lead a contingent of six athletes - four female, two male - to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 24-26.
Eby was once again a high-point scorer at the conference meet, as she finished third in the 100, first in the 200 and ran the lead leg in the second-place 4x400 meter relay team. Her strength and versatility translated into key points for Hillsdale as it leapfrogged Walsh on the last day of competition at the G-MAC outdoor championships.
In addition to the individual awards, a number of Chargers earned all-conference recognition. That list appears below.
WOMEN'S TRACK 1st TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST
Zalonya Eby - 200 meter dash
Abbie Porter - 800 meter run
Hannah McIntyre - 10,000 meter run
Carmen Botha - 400 meter hurdles
Chloe Ohlgren - long jump, triple jump
Rachael Tolsma - hammer throw
WOMEN'S TRACK 2nd TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST
Arena Lewis - 10,000 meter run
Calli Townsend - 400 meter hurdles
Allysen Eads - 3000 meter steeplechase
4x100 relay - Fiona Shea, Sarah Benson, Kasja Johnson, Hannah Watts
Ashlee Moran - 400 meter dash
Alexandra Whitford - pole vault
WOMEN'S TRACK 3rd TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST
Amanda Reagle - 1500 meter run
MEN'S TRACK 1st TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST
Joseph Humes - 1500 meter run
MEN'S TRACK 2nd TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST
MEN'S TRACK 3rd TEAM ALL-GREAT MIDWEST