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(Angola, Ind.) The Cornerstone University men's Track & Field team finished the regular season putting up 11 personal best performances covering every event group.
The first two events, the long jump and the weight throw proved productive. A trio of jumpers improved their best distances. Eric Schroeder took third with his 21' 4" leap and Logan Norton fourth with a new PR 21' 2". Brandon Hart placed eighth jumping 19' 11.25". Bryant Langdon picked up points for fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 53' 8.25". Ross Raymond extended his best to 42' 7" placing ninth.
On the track, Jared Courtright waged a terrific battle with Devin Lea of Aquinas in the 5,000 meters. After running the first two miles in 4:49 and 4:57, Jared cranked out a 4:52 last mile and covered the final 200 meters in 32.4. His new PR of 15:12.11 left him 1.5 seconds behind Lea at the finish. Travis Mabe snagged a point in sixth, running 15:30.76.
The high jump proved to be one of the most exciting events of the evening. Herb Gary of Indiana Tech produced the highest jump in the NAIA this season, clearing 7' .25" setting a new meet record. Cornerstone's Cameron Hill, came into the meet seeded seventh. After raising his PR to 6' 4.75", Hill made the next height at 6' 6.75" putting him in third, breaking the CU freshman record of 6' 6" set by Kenny Tuffelmire in 2009 and equaling the NAIA provisional qualifying standard.
After the weight throw, Raymond returned to the circle in the shot put, placing ninth. His second attempt measured 43' 11.75" breaking his freshman record set in January.
The 600 meters was a terrific three-way battle between Caleb Teachout of Aquinas, Austen Barnes of Indiana Tech and CU's Zach Yeo. The trio raced three across down the homestretch with Teachout grabbing the win in 1:22.33 just ahead of Barnes (1:22.73) and Yeo (1:23.01).
Louis Falland took third in the mile, running 4:24.34. Freshman Tyler Steigenga was eighth in a PR 4:45.58. Falland returned in the 1000 meters, placing third again in 2:36.08. Specer Perry's PR 2:38.08 was good for fourth.
In other sprint action, Ryan Versen took third in the 400 meters, clocking 49.55. Eric Schroeder and Jeshurun Washington ran new bests in the 200 meters. Schroeder finished eighth in 22.72 and Washington eleventh in 22.99.
In the final distance event, Courtright and Lea met again with similar results. Justin Bateson of Siena Heights got the win at 8:52.44 with Lea 1.05 ahead of Jared's 8:57.52 effort for third.
The 4x4 squad of Schroeder, Adam Duerksen, Versen and Yeo combined for third in 3:22.35.
Siena Heights extended their WHAC winning streak to five, taking the team title with 152.5 points, with Aquinas getting very close with 147.5. Indiana Tech scored 109 for third, Cornerstone's 76 points put them fourth ahead of Davenport (65) and Concordia (6).