(Geneva, Ohio) The 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships got off to a good start for the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles.
The 4 x 400 meter relay had the best performance of the evening. Eric Schroeder, Adam Duerksen, Ryan Versen and Zach Yeo combined to shatter the school record the set last month, running 3:16.13. The previous mark was 3:17.15. The men finished third in the second heat. Unfortunately, Dordt ran 3:16.29 in the third heat to snag the last qualifying spot for the finals.
Versen returned to the track an hour later and ran his second :47 split of the night for the 400 meter leg of the Distance Medley Relay, sandwiched between Jared Courtright's 3:07 for the 1200m and Zach Bourdon's 1:58 effort on the 800m. Louis Falland turning in a 61 second last 400 meters finishing the 1600m anchor leg in 4:20. Cornerstone ran five seconds faster than their qualifying time. Their 10:13.78 effort was good for tenth.
Spencer Perry, Tyler Grey, John Klumpp and Mike Darling combined to run 8:03.20 in the 4 x 800 meter relay finishing 20th.
Travis Mabe placed 24th in the 5,000 meter semi-finals, running 13:38.15.