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(Geneva, 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."
Bryant 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.
Freshman 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 fourth.