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".
conditions improved as the sun emerged. CU's 4 x 100 meter relay squad of Eric
Schroeder, Zach Yeo, Ryan Versen and Jeshurun Walshington took second in 42.37.
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.
continued his excellent season in the pole vault taking fourth with a 14' 9"
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.