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(Adrian, Mich.) The Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational, honoring the late Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Siena Heights University, took place as the first T&F meet in the Saints' new O'Laughlin Stadium. While rain dampened the beginning and end of the day, conditions were close to ideal for what turned out to be the showcase event: the men's pole vault.
Not only did the host, Saints have nine vaulters entered, 2011 USATF Indoor and 2010 USATF Outdoor Champion, Mark Hollis was on hand. With an encouraging tailwind and a fast runway Hollis established a stadium record of 17' 9.5". Before that happened, four men cleared the NAIA provisional or automatic qualifying height. CU's Logan Norton tied for sixth breaking his school record set two weeks ago, reaching 15'.
Norton also improved his best in the long jump to 21' 6" for another sixth place finish.
Jeshurun Washington took fifth in the 100 meter final running 11.44 into the wind, then anchored the 4 x 100 meter relay to a season best 42.39. Eric Schroeder, Zach Yeo and Ryan Versen contributed to the second place effort.
Versen led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 400 meter hurdles. His winning time of 54.15 was under the NAIA provisional qualifying time. Seniors John Klumpp (55.30) and Adam Duerksen (55.44) followed closely evening their season grudge match at 1-1.
Spencer Perry, Hayes, Macias and Klumpp set the stadium record in the 4 x 400 meter relay, winning the first heat in 3:31.09. Their mark lasted less than five minutes as Siena Heights won the second heat in 3:17.31. A sloppy second exchange took CU's "A" team out of the hunt, but Schroeder, Duerksen, Versen and Yeo's 3:21.13 finished more than five seconds ahead of third.