(Geneva, Ohio) On the final day of the NAIA Indoor Track
& Field National Championships, Jared Courtright added his name to the list
of Golden Eagle All-Americans in the 3,000 meter final.
After covering the opening mile in 4:33, Courtright found
himself perfectly positioned in the middle of the tightly bunched pack. As the
leaders pressed the pace, Jared worked his way up the single file line into
seventh place, with a group of three in row. As he approached the finish line at the end of
each lap, 50 CU teammates chanted his name. "I really didn't know what place I
was in," said the junior from Wyoming, MI, "but as loud as everyone was
cheering for me I figured I must be close [to All-American position]."
With 500 meters
remaining the three behind him swept past putting Courtright tenth with 300
meters to go. Jared fought to stay close down the backstretch then launched a
determined effort off the last turn, catching one then another just before the
line. His time of 8:40.71 was a personal best by nearly two seconds and his
eighth place finish put him on the podium.
Cornerstone finished the meet in 25th place with