Ind.) The normally frigid temperatures
and harsh wind were wonderfully absent at the 2012 Maple Leaf Invitational
hosted by Goshen College. Cornerstone's men took advantage of the conditions,
winning two events.
began with the 5,000 meter race walk. After a successful indoor season at the
3k distance, three CU freshmen got their first taste of the longer event. Nathan Vanderwall was aggressive from the start putting himself
in third place one step behind Goshen's David Horst. The two maintained laps of
1:53 to 1:54 for twelve and one half laps. Vanderwall's third place finish time
of 23:42.24 bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying standard earning him his
first trip to nationals. He also bettered the freshman record of 24:04.04 set
by Kelvin Shuneson in 2007.
Withrow took fifth in 25:02.94, less than three seconds off the NAIA
provisional standard. Tyler Steigenga finished sixth in 25:53.14.
won the 400 hurdles. Coming out of lane four, he made up the stagger on
everyone in the outside lanes in the first 200 meters and extended his lead
from there finishing in 55.10. Versen also took fourth in the 110 meter hurdles
In the 800
meters, Zach Yeo led from the gun, cruising to a 1:58.16 win.