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'.
improved his best in the long jump to 21' 6" for another sixth place finish.
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.
In the 400
meters, Yeo placed fifth in 49.63. Freshmen, Alex Macias (52.04 / 16th)
and Nick Hayes (53.42 / 22nd) each ran personal bests.
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.
distance events, Louis Falland took second in his 3,000 meter steeplechase
debut, running 9:41.44. Cody Risch lowered his PR in the 5,000 meters to
15:41.10 taking seventh.
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.