Mich.) The Cornerstone men competed well at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic
Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships winning two events, setting
two school and one freshman record, putting up five national qualifying marks
along with nine personal bests.
year using a two-day format, Bryant Langdon started the CU scoring placing
fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 155' 3". Spencer Perry was fifth in
the other field event of the day sending the javelin 150' 5". Nick Hayes took
12th with 120' - adding over 20' to his previous best.
track, Travis Mabe and Cody Risch endured the 10,000 meters with temperatures
near eighty and high humidity. The race started slow and tactical, passing
through 5k in 16:57. In the second half the lead group dwindled to just Mabe
and Stephen Glinski of Aquinas. The pace dropped to 5:19 for the sixth mile
reducing the 25 lap event to a 400 meter dash. Mabe and Glinski matched strides
the entire way. Travis' 64 last 400 was one second slower than Glinski's as the
Aquinas runner finished in 33:30.47 to Mabe's 33:31.89. Risch was seventh in
with the 3,000 meter steeplechase, a race the Golden Eagles have owned in the
WHAC since 2004. In just his third try at the event Louis Falland kept the
streak alive, winning in 9:27.12, two seconds off his PR and under the NAIA
provisional standard. Risch rebounded well from the 10k taking one second off
his best placing fifth in 9:44.44.
minutes later, Falland was back for the 1500 meters. On dead legs he managed to
work his way into scoring position taking fifth in 4:05.49. Freshman Mike
Darling was ninth in a new best, 4:17.31.
Washington picked up PR's in the 100, taking seventh in 11.14 and tenth in the
200 running 22.38. He also anchored the 4 x 100 meter relay to a season best
42.14 for fourth.
parking lot in the discus circle, Jon Norris' second attempt flew to a freshman
record 138' putting him eighth in the meet and second on the Cornerstone
all-time list. Ross Raymond improved is PR to 116' 9" finishing 15th.
Schroeder took sixth in the long jump with a new best of 21' 6.75" and Logan
Norton was eighth at 21' .75". Norton
also took fifth in the pole vault clearing 14' 11" and picked up a point for
sixth in the triple jump going 42'.
meter hurdles was one of the most exciting races of the day with CU's Ryan
Versen well matched against Indiana Tech's Brandon Reynard. Both men were
ranked near the top of the NAIA list. Cornerstone senior, Adam Duerksen looked
to improve his NAIA provisional mark while classmate, John Klumpp still needed
to get on the nationals list. Versen in lane four and Reynard in five were dead
even through five hurdles. Into the last turn Versen began gaining ground
pulling onto the homestretch with a one-step lead. With the stagger now even,
Reynard could see his competitor and pulled back even over the final two
hurdles. Versen's push to the finish was just a bit better as he hit the line
in 52.82, a new school and meet record and the third best time in the NAIA.
Brandon's 53.07 was his best of the year. Duerksen was fourth, improving to
54.41 and Klumpp fifth. John immediately went to the timing area saying, "I
have to know, I have to know!" impatiently waiting to see if he had run under
54.75. When 54.73 flashed onto the screen he let out a celebratory yell and
joined Versen and Duerksen in celebration.
In the 5,000
meters, Mabe returned to see what he had left after the 10,000. Three weeks
after fracturing his elbow, Jared Courtright had been given medical clearance
to run just hours before race time. His fitness was uncertain as he had not run
since the injury. The top seed, Aaron
Belcher of Indiana Tech blasted off to a big, early lead, taking a shot at
stealing the race. Justin Bateson of Siena Heights was the first to leave the
lead pack to bridge the gap. When he did, Belcher faded as James Janisse of
Aquinas and Mabe reeled him in and set off in pursuit of Bateson. Courtright
trailed Travis by four seconds at the mile, but moved within two seconds of him
by the second mile, splitting 9:57. Mabe
held with Janisse as Bateson won in 15:25.12, James second in 14:30.95 and
Travis third in 15:31.84. Courtright's kick got him within half a second of
Belcher, good for fifth in a PR 15:34.93. Cody Risch completed the 10k,
steeplechase, 5k triple in 12th running 15:55.95.
the 4 x 400 meter relay, the outcome of the meet was no longer in question as
Siena Heights continued its dominance with nearly a 100 point lead. But no
matter the score, there is tremendous pride and competitiveness to go along
with this relay. Indiana Tech came in as the top seed having run 3:14.11,
Cornerstone's best on the year stood at 3:18.65. Eric Schroeder got things
started with a 49.3 split and Duerksen kept the Golden Eagles within 10 meters
of Siena and Tech with his 49.5 lap. Ryan Versen charged down the backstretch
then exploded through the turn and homestretch cutting the gap to less than 5
meters and handing off to Zach Yeo after a jaw-dropping 47.3. Yeo resisted the
urge to make up the rest of the margin immediately and measured his effort well
of the entire lap. Siena Heights edged to a slight lead at the line running the second
fastest time in the NAIA this season with a 3:12.29 to Tech's 3:12.90. Yeo's
48.0 anchor leg resulted in a school record 3:14.11, the fifth best in the
NAIA. "This race never disappoints," said Cornerstone coach, Rod Wortley. "You
never know what's going to happen, but you count on it being incredibly
Heights defended their conference title with 234 points. Indiana Tech was
second with 138, Aquinas third at 119, Davenport fourth scoring 73, Cornerstone
fifth with 68 and Concordia sixth with 15.