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(Allendale, Mich.) Cornerstone's T&F men joined nearly 1,000 athletes competing at the Al Owens Classic, just the second meet held at the new Grand Valley State University Track/Lacrosse stadium.
The two day event began with the hammer and javelin on Friday evening. Despite cold, windy conditions, Bryant Langdon improved his PR sending the sixteen pound ball and wire 158' 8" to place twelfth. Former Golden Eagle and 2010 NAIA National Champion, Joel Leong was third with a mark of 192' 10".
The distance men ran well with Louis Falland putting in a 60 second final lap to win the second heat of the 1500 meters in 3:59.26. His time put him ninth overall. In the fastest heat, CU alumnus and 2010 NAIA National Champion in the steeplechase, Zach Ripley ran a PR 3:53.35 to finish runner up in the event. Zach Yeo led a quartet of Golden Eagles in the 800 meters with his new PR 1:56.04 in 10th. Zach Bourdon finished 20th in 1:58.03 ahead of Tyler Grey (1:59.37 / 30th) and Mike Darling (2:02.35 / 54th) who also ran new best times.
Logan Norton continued his excellent season in the pole vault taking fourth with a 14' 9" clearance.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Cornerstone swept the top three spots in the second heat led by Ryan Versen's 53.39 which put him under the NAIA automatic standard. Adam Duerksen and John Klumpp finished one place apart, as usual with Duerksen clocking 55.04 to Klumpp's 55.17. The three took 4th, 8th and 9th in the overall standings.
The 4 x 400 meter relay was unlucky for the second week in a row, as Duerksen had the baton knocked out of his hand on the backstretch. Retrieving it cost five seconds for a 3:25.70 eight place finish.