Years of training all came down to a couple of 15-second actions for Daniel Capek.
The results have become part of Charger track history.
Capek, one of two representatives of the Hillsdale College men's track team at this year's national championships, earned All-American honors in the hammer throw. His mark of 59.73 meters was good for eighth place at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. The top eight in each event are awarded All-American honors.
In six attempts, Capek got his All-American mark on his second throw. In his other marked throws, he achieved marks of 59.14 meters and 58.89 meters. This was his first All-American honor in his career, coming in the final event of his career.
The Chargers' other NCAA championships qualifier was sophomore Joseph Humes, who just missed qualifying for the finals of the 1500 meter run. He finished 13th overall in prelims with a time of 3:52.99. The top 12 advanced to the finals, with the 12th-place runner getting a time just .06 seconds faster than Humes.