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(Geneva, Ohio) After ten years in Johnson City, TN, the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet moves to Geneva, OH for 2011. The Cornerstone T&F teams competed in the GaREAT Collegiate Open hosted at the new Nationals venue and came away with three national qualifying performances and eleven personal bests and a school record.
The hurdlers got things going as freshmen Joseph Hockett and Ryan Versen ran identical 8.96 bests. In the flat sprints Eric Schroeder lowered his best to 7.44 in the 60 meters and 23.39 in the 200 meters.
It was a good day for the Golden Eagles in the middle distance events. In the 600 meters Zach Yeo bettered the NAIA provisional standard and broke the school record, taking second in 1:21.60. The old mark of 1:22.27 was set by Derek Scott in 2006. John Klumpp's 1:26.30 was also a PR. Freshman Tyler Grey took third in his heat of the 800 meters with a new best time of 2:05.14. Zach Bourdon cranked out a great last 200 meters to take third in his heat of the mile with a PR 4:43.46.
In field event action, Matt Kimball added over 11" to his best in the pole vault. His 13' 11.25" clearance moves him to fourth on the CU All-Time list. Bryant Langdon scored two PR's first, a 33' 4.75" effort in the shot put followed by a 46' toss in the 35 pound weight throw. That mark puts him fourth in CU history.
The final two events of the meet provided more excitement. Running in the fastest heat of the 3,000 meters, Alex Green and Jared Courtright passed through the first mile in 4:38, right on the edge of NAIA automatic qualifying pace. Both used a big kick over the final lap with Green squeezing one second under the auto standard with his 8:39.75 and Courtright less than two seconds under the provisional mark in 8:42.79. The pair placed seventh and ninth in the field of 68. The 4 x 400 meter relay produced a season best 3:22.26 as Versen, Adam Duerksen, Klumpp and Yeo combined for second in their heat and the fourth best time of the thirty teams competing.