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(Conway, S.C.) The Cornerstone Track & Field team started the 2012 outdoor campaign at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC producing half a dozen personal bests and several top five finishes.
Friday's field events included the hammer throw, where Bryant Langdon opened his season with a six foot PR. He placed fifteenth with a mark of 149' 8". Spencer Perry improved his best in the javelin with a throw of 147' 6" finishing sixteenth. Freshman, Jon Norris had CU's best discus throw of the day with a 125' 7" effort for 24th.
After the 4 x 800 meter relay squad of Zach Bourdon, Louis Falland, Tyler Grey and Zach Yeo took third in 7:55.03, The Golden Eagles closed the evening with the 10,000 meters. Running in the second pack most of race, Jared Courtright did much of the pace work with Travis Mabe never more than a step behind. Cody Risch ran patiently in the next pack back. In the second half of the race, all three began moving up running the last mile as their fastest. Courtright closed in 4:54 finishing fourth in 32:27.97. Mabe's 5:01 last mile gave him a huge PR in sixth at 32:34.31. Risch ran the second half 45 seconds faster than the first to take eighth in a PR 33:39.56.
Saturday the sprinters took over with Erich Schroeder, Yeo, Ryan Versen and Jeshurun Washington combining for fourth in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 42.61.
Yeo was also the top CU finisher in the 200 meters running 22.37 for twelfth. Schroeder was sixteenth in 22:53 and Washington twentieth in 22.65.
Versen had the top individual finish of the day taking second in the 400 meters. His time of 48.41 bettered the NAIA provisional standard.
Senior hurdlers, Adam Duerksen and John Klumpp renewed their annual rivalry. Running in the fourth heat, Duerksen put up a 56.26 effort. In the next heat, Klumpp answered with a 56.28. The pair placed eighth and ninth in the field of 37.
Thomas Bambach bettered his best time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase placing eighth in 10:02.10.
Schroeder, Duerksen, Versen and Yeo ended the meet by winning the 4 x 400 meter relay in 3:20.96.
The team has a break in competition until March 30.