Ohio) On the second of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships
the Golden Eagles competed in four events covering throws, jumps, middle
distance and distance events.
Three CU men
competed in the 3,000 meter race walk. Junior Cody Risch went to the lead early
building up a five second gap on Alejandro Chavez of Missouri Baptist. The
freshman and 2011 USATF Jr. Olympic Champion reeled Risch back in and built up
a nine second margin by the finish. Cody's second place finish gave him
All-America status for the first time. Isaac Withrow battled between seventh
and eighth place most of the race, and was the eighth man across the finish
line. Unfortunately, Withrow received his third form violation in the final lap
and was disqualified. Classmate Tyler Steigenga also received three marks prior
to finishing. "This is a tough event for freshmen," said CU coach Rod Wortley.
"To be in the process of learning correct form and then trying to execute that
under race conditions can lead to being disqualified. It says a lot when our
guys come in and race as hard as they can. The DQ's are disappointing but
they'll be back again and this experience is so valuable."
Langdon made his nationals debut in the weight throw placing 19th
with a mark of 54' 3.25".
In the 600
meter semifinals, Zach Yeo took command of the second heat, pushing the pace
after 400 meters. The final strides of
the race were a four-way battle with just .38 separating first and fourth with
Yeo taking fourth in 1:20.74.
Cameron Hill got his first national experience in the high jump. With opening
height just .75" lower than his personal best, Hill was one of 11 competitors
who did not make the opening height of 6' 6". WHAC jumpers Herb Gary of Indiana
Tech (6' 11.75) and Ryan Helminiak of Aquinas (6' 8") finished second and